Polling Place Equipment Used in Marion County

Electronic Poll Book

Marion County uses electronic poll books to check voters into an Early Voting Site or an Election Day Polling Place.  The electronic poll book houses an encrypted copy of Marion County's database of voters that is synced to the live database at the Election Center.  Changes made to a voter's registration at the Election Center or at any electronic poll book across the county are immediately sent to the Election Center and all electronic poll books being used in Marion County.  When a voter is checked into an electronic poll book at an Early Voting Site or Election Day Polling Place, that check-in is sent to The Election Center and all other electronic poll books.  If The Election Center receives a Mail Ballot back from a voter, that information is sent to all electronic poll books.

This immediate updating of Mail Ballots returned, voters checking in to vote and registration changes eliminates voter fraud and keeps the voter registration database accurate and up to date.

Optical Scanner

The Mark-Sense Optical Scanner reads a paper ballot, tabulates and securely transmits results.  Marion County has been using optical-scan technology with great success since 2001.

Universal Voting System

The ExpressVote is a Universal Voting System that combines paper-based voting with touch-screen technology and is an American's with Disabilities Act compliant voting device.  A voter is able to cast a visual or audio version of the paper ballot unassisted.

High-speed Optical Scanner

A high-capacity, high-speed optical-scan tabulator is centrally located to read paper Vote-By-Mail ballots.  With each successfully completed election, more Marion County voters are choosing to vote a Mail Ballot. The high-speed tabulator allows the Election Center to accurately and efficiently read the many Mail Ballots to be tabulated on Election Day.

Ballot on Demand

Ballot on Demand is a system used during Early Voting.  Early Voting sites are different from Election Day polling places in that any voter from anywhere within Marion County can go to any Early Voting site and vote.  An Early Voting site must be able to produce the correct ballot for any voter within Marion County, and the Ballot on Demand system allows the Election Center to achieve that goal. 

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