On April 30, 2019, the Williamson County Commissioner's Court approved the purchase of a new voting system for Williamson County from Election Systems and Software (ES&S). The new voting system includes ExpressVote ballot marking devices and DS200 digital scan precinct tabulators to be available at every Williamson County polling location, as well as DS850 central high-speed digital scanners and tabulators to be used at Central Count to tabulate ballots received by mail. The new voting system will be put into use for the first time in October 2019 during Early Voting for the November 5, 2019 uniform election.
With the new voting system, voters will receive a blank ballot at check-in to insert into the ExpressVote ballot marking device and make their selections. After reviewing their selections on the screen, voters will print the ballot. Once voters have reviewed the selections printed on the ballot, they will insert the ballot into the DS200 digital scanner for tabulation. This hybrid system allows for the convenience and accuracy of electronic voting, as well as the security of an auditable paper ballot that can be used for manual recounts.
The ExpressVote uses touch-screen technology that produces a paper-based ballot for tabulation. As a marking device, the ExpressVote handles the entire marking process, eliminating marginal marks and the need for interpretation of the voter's mark. Voters will receive an activation card (ballot) with their ballot style printed on the card to begin the process. Voters will insert card into the marking device, make their selections, verify the selections made, and print the ballot. Voters then review the selections printed on the ballot for accuracy before taking the ballot over the DS200 for tabulation.
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The DS200 is a polling location-based scanner and vote tabulator that combines the flexibility and efficiency of digital-imaging technology to support paper-based voting - taking traditional optical-scan ballot vote tabulation into the twenty-first century.
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The DS850 high-speed central scanner and vote tabulator is the fastest central scanner in the election industry. The system is used at Central Count to tabulate ballots received by mail. The DS850 continuously scans and intelligently sorts ballots with its high-speed digital image processing, saving election staff valuable time when tabulating results.
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