Electronic Voting Resouces
Electronic Voting Resources
The following four companies were contracted by the Federal Government to develop, implement and manage computerized voting machines in the 2004 election. All the descriptions below were obtained from the Ohio Secretary of State Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) Technical Security Assessment Report.
The Diebold AccuVote-TS DRE system is a voter-activated interactive touch-screen system. Using a smart card as the voter authorization, the AccuVote-TS permit voters to view and cast their votes by touching target areas on an electronically generated ballot. Each unit provides a direct-entry computerized voting application that automatically records and stores appropriate ballot information and results. At the end of the voting period, the system can print precinct totals to be included as part of the permanent record. The AccuVote-TS is supported by the Global Election Management System (GEMS) software, which provides ballot creation, vote tabulation, and reporting. The AccuVote-TS prevents the voter from overvoting, notifies the voter of undervoting, and allows the voter to review and modify their ballot choices before casting their ballot.
The ES&S iVotronic Touch Screen Voting System is portable, wireless, and multilingual. Its Audio Ballot supports voters who are visually impaired, and its portability enables curbside voting and wheelchair access voting. The iVotronic is supported by the Unity Election System (UES) software for election management. Unity enables a client to: create and maintain a central database of jurisdiction and election information; format ballot layouts and program election equipment for use in conducting voting within a jurisdiction; and collect, accumulate and report the voting results files directly from the tabulation equipment. The iVotronic prevents the voter from overvoting, notifies the voter of undervoting, and allows the voter to review and modify their ballot choices before casting their vote.
The Hart InterCivic eSlate 3000 DRE is a fully featured electronic voting system with an integrated mechanical selector, and has a flexible ballot presentation and polycarbonate screen. The unit is ADA accessible by design, and can be upgraded to provide additional accessibility. Judge’s Booth Controllers (JBCs) are used to manage the election process in the precinct and to issue access codes for the voters. The system uses a Mobile Ballot Box (MBB) feature in which the eSlate’s PCMCIA flash memory card is the storage medium for all voting information to operate the eSlate system. The Ballot Origination Software System (BOSS) enables users to define and create ballot styles for all precincts. Election data is written to MBBs and will configure every product of the eSlate system in any location. The Tally software tallies votes, and provides standard reports and a custom report writer for producing customized reports. The eSlate 3000 prevents the voter from overvoting, notifies the voter of undervoting, and allows the voter to review and modify their ballot choices before casting their vote.
The Sequoia AVC Edge DRE is a Touch Screen Voting System. Navigation within the ballot is accomplished with scroll buttons to move forward and backward, and the Contest Box, which enables voters to move to any part of the ballot. Voters can verify their selections and change their vote at any time before they cast their ballot. The AVC Edge has an LCD touch-screen with large typeface. Wheelchairs are accommodated by adjusting the screen's height. No other adjustments are necessary. The Audio Voting feature allows the AVC Edge to serve blind voters and people who have difficulty reading. Ballots in multiple languages are available on the Edge. Allowing a voter to simply choose the preferred language on the first screen, the ballot is then presented in that language until the voting process is complete. The AVC Edge is supported by the WinEDS Election Management software, which provides ballot creation, vote tabulation, and reporting. The AVC Edge prevents the voter from overvoting, notifies the voter of undervoting, and allows the voter to review and modify their ballot choices before casting their vote.
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