We completed the state-mandated installation of a our new Election Systems and Software (ES&S) voting system in April 2017. This equipment replaced the Dominion voting system with optical scan tabulators and touch-screen electronic tabulators was in use from 1998 - 2016. Now all Flagler County voters receive a trusted and secure paper ballot in all elections.
DIGITAL SCAN VOTING
The Digital Scan Voting System uses paper ballots and is the primary voting system used in Flagler County. With this system, the voter receives a paper ballot inside a secrecy folder. Using the pen provided in the voting booth, the voter records his or her vote by filling in the oval next to the candidate or issue of choice.
Ballots are tabulated using a DS-200 digital scan tabulator. After voting, the voter takes his ballot and secrecy sleeve to the ballot box and inserts the ballot into the DS-200 machine. The DS-200 reads the votes cast and deposits the voted ballot into a locked ballot box.
With the digital scan voting system, if someone overvotes a race (voting for more candidates or issues than allowed in a race) or if the ballot is completely blank, the ballot is returned when inserted into the DS-200 tabulator. This gives the voter the opportunity to correct their ballot and ensures that every vote counts. The Ballot Box Inspector is an election worker in every polling location and stationed nearby, trained and ready to assist the voter if needed.
If the voter makes a mistake on the ballot, they may return that ballot and receive another one. Florida law states that a voter may receive no more than three ballots.
digital SCAN VOTING PROCESS:
- The voter receives the official ballot from the book inspector during check-in at the polling place.
- The voter marks his or her ballot in the voting booth.
- The voter inserts his or her voted ballot into the DS-200 tabulator at the ballot box.
universal marking devices
In April 2017, due to changes in state law, Flagler County upgraded the voting system to include one accessible, ballot marking device with audio capability per precinct to allow voters with disabilities to vote in secret and without assistance.
The ExpressVote Universal Voting System utilizes touch-screen technology that produces a paper-based record for tabulation. Headphones are available and the voter can hear the ballot being read to him/her and the voter may also use a keypad to make his/her choices. The ExpressVote machines will not allow a voter to overvote a race and will alert the voter if a race is left blank.
This system also allows the user to choose to magnify the font size on the screen or to choose a contrasted black and white screen. These features allow persons with disabilities to cast their vote independently while producing a paper ballot for tabulation.
Expressvote VOTING PROCESS:
- The voter receives a blank ballot from the Book Inspector during check-in at the polling place.
- The voter marks his or her ballot in the voting booth using the ExpressVote universal marking device.
- When voting is complete, the ExpressVote produces a paper ballot which is then scanned and counted using the DS-200 tabulator.
Please take the time to become informed on the candidates and issues and vote in all elections. If you have questions or need further information, please contact the Elections Office.