New Voting System - What you Need to Know
On October 30, 2014, the members of the State Board of Elections unanimously selected and certified Maryland’s new voting system for 2016 – Election Systems & Software’s (ES&S) EVS 188.8.131.52. The contract to lease the equipment was approved by the Board of Public Works on December 17, 2014.
The new voting system features the following pieces of equipment:
- DS200 Precinct Scanner and Tabulator: Tabulates ballots marked either by hand or by the ballot marking device
- ExpressVote Ballot Marking Device: Produces a voter verifiable paper record and allows voters with disabilities to vote privately and independently
- ExpressPass Printer: Prints activation card to activate the ExpressVote ballot marking device
- DS850 High Speed Central County Scanner: Tabulates absentee and provisional ballots
Maryland’s new voting system produces a voter-verifiable paper record – a “paper trail” – of each voter’s selections. This was mandated in legislation passed by the General Assembly in 2007, however funding for a new system was not available until now.
During early voting and on election day, voters will be given a pre-printed paper ballot. Voters will mark the pre-printed paper ballots by hand at a voting booth. Voters will review their marked paper ballots and then insert them into the DS200 tabulation device. The ballots will automatically drop into the secure ballot box. An accessible voting method is available upon request at each early voting and election day location.
After each election, State and local election officials perform numerous post-election audits to verify the accuracy and integrity of the election results. After the 2016 General Election, there will be a 100% tabulation of all ballots cast in this election. You can learn more about this audit and how to submit comments on the audit plan here.
If you want to learn about how SBE selected this system, visit the Voting System Selection and Procurement webpage.