Voting Equipment Information
TAZEWELL COUNTY'S INTEGRATED VOTING SYSTEM
In 2017, the Tazewell County Office of Elections purchased a new integrated voting system. This was the most comprehensive replacement of the county's voting equipment in over a decade.
This system, from Election Systems & Software (ES&S), includes 26 DS200 electronically scanned paper ballot machines as well as 26 ExpressVote machines, the latter of which use technology similar to touch screen equipment to generate paper ballots. The total cost for the machines was $250,000. The new machines were first used countywide for the November 2017 Election.
This is how the DS200 optical scan voting machines work: a voter marks a paper ballot and places her/his ballot in the optical scan machine. The machine electronically scans the ballot, records the vote, and informs the voter that the ballot has been cast. The machines also let the voter know if the ballot is blank or over-voted (voted for more candidates than allowed in a contest). When the polls close, the DS200 provides election results. In the case of a recount, there is a voter-verified paper audit trail for every vote.
The new equipment provides a paper ballot for all voters, including those who need to use the new accessible ExpressVote machine. The ExpressVote is fully compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)and enables voters with special needs to use technology similar to touch screen equipment to generate a marked paper ballot. The ballot is inserted into the same DS200 machine used by other voters. The technology allows those with special needs to vote independently and privately.
To learn more about using these voting machines, watch the DS200 or ExpressVote videos (contributed by Fairfax County), contact the Tazewell County Office of Elections at (276) 385-1305, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DS200 Machine ExpressVote Machine