Voting System Information

Does Dauphin County need a new voting system?
Pennsylvania is requiring all counties to use a voting system that produces a paper record that voters can use 
to verify their ballot by the 2020 Primary Election. 
While our current voting system is reliable and secure, it does not produce a paper record after each vote is cast. About a third of Pennsylvania’s counties have approved getting new voting systems, and the Dauphin County Commissioners at this point are exploring the options that have been approved by the state.
Though the Commissioners have not yet decided whether to move forward on a new voting system, they are planning a public demonstration of the six voting systems approved by the state on June 11. 
As the Commissioners consider whether to move forward with a new voting system, they are committed to making the decision-making process transparent and open to the public.

Why are new voting systems being considered statewide?
Gov. Tom Wolf last year settled a lawsuit filed by Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein after the 2016 election. Stein sought a recount and alleged there were security concerns with Pennsylvania’s voting machines. Though she didn’t prove her claims in court, Gov. Wolf agreed to a settlement mandating the use of voter-verifiable paper ballots by the 2020 election.
The governor has called for lawmakers to put aside funding to help counties, but especially with the relatively short lifespan of the new voting systems, it is imperative that Pennsylvania create an ongoing funding mechanism to help counties now and in the future.

What could a new voting system cost?
Dauphin County presently has 159 precincts and more than 182,000 registered voters. Purchase and implementation of a new voting system is estimated to cost between $5 million to $10 million.
The Commissioners are concerned about the potential burden purchasing a new system could place on taxpayers. The board has held the line on property taxes for the past 14 years.
Before moving forward, the Commissioners want to see how much state and federal money is available.

How may a new system differ from what Dauphin County uses now?
The new voting systems certified by the state offer a mix of electronic machines and fully-paper ballots. In some cases, voters make their selections on a screen and receive a printout of their ballot that they insert into a separate reader. 
Some systems use a paper ballot where voters -- seated behind cardboard privacy screens --  fill in bubbles next to candidate names. Voters then feed their completed ballot into a scanner. Montgomery County plans to use such a system. Some counties to reduce costs may opt to provide a mix of touch-screen devices and paper ballots.

Is there a problem with Dauphin County’s current voting system?
The only issue with Dauphin County’s current voting system is that the machines do not produce a paper record following each ballot that a voter can review.
We are concerned that the systems approved by the state are not as easy to use, secure, or dependable as what we now have. 
Voting Machines
Our machines show the full ballot on one large screen, and as voters indicate their choice, a red light appears next to their selection. Change your mind midstream? No problem. Just press a different candidate in the race. There’s also a place for write-ins. Voters verify their ballots by seeing the red lights by their choices before pressing a large, green “Vote’’ button.
Additionally, because our machines do not connect to the internet, they are not vulnerable to hacking. When the polls close, the machines print out a tape of total votes cast, which are also stored on a cartridge. These cartridges are downloaded into a special terminal that is not connected to the internet – ever. Our ongoing maintenance contract ensures our machines are always ready to go.

Don’t miss Dauphin County’s Voting Machine Listening Session on Tuesday, June 11!

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy and, should the Commissioners decide to approve a new system, they want the public’s input every step of the way.

The Commissioners welcome all residents to attend a Voting Machine Listening Session from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 in the Susquehanna Township High School gymnasium, 3500 Elmerton Avenue, Harrisburg, PA 17109

During the open house, you’ll have the opportunity to try various voting systems and representatives from the manufacturers will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions. The voting systems have two components: Voting Devices to cast a vote and Ballot Scanners to read and tabulate the paper ballots.

We’ll also be gathering feedback forms from attendees the Commissioners will use to help them decide in the near future.

Attendees will be able to try the following:

 FVT Keypad electronic voting tablet

OVO Ballot Box - ballot scanner

Unisyn FVT V2Keypad

Unisyn OVO Ballot Box

Election Systems & Software (ES&S)
ExpressVote XL voting device ExpressVote voting device DS 200 ballot scanner 
ESS ExpressVote-XL ESS ExpressVote- ESS DS200-Ballot-SCANNER

Dominion Voting Systems
 ImageCast X Ballot Marking Device (ICX BMD) ImageCast Precinct ballot scanner  
 Dominion - ImageCast X Ballot Marking Device  Dominion - Imagecast Precinct

 ClearAccess ballot marking device ClearCast ballot scanner  
 Clear Ballot - ClearAccess  Clear Ballot- ClearCast side

Hart InterCivic   
Verity Duo ballot marking device Verity Touch Writer ADA-compliant ballot marking device  Verity Scan (printed ballot scanner)
 Hart Verity Duo ballot marking device Hart Verity Touch Writer on ADA booth Hart Verity Scan on Ballot Box


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