To be used in any election in Florida, the voting system must be approved by the State. The State must first test and determine that the hardware and software meet the standards set out in law and rule. Our state-certified voting equipment is rigorously tested prior to each election with a public logic and accuracy test to verify the equipment will accurately examine, count, and record votes exactly as marked.
Electronic Poll Book (EViD)
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 (DS200)
The Mark-Sense Optical Scanner reads a paper ballot, tabulates and securely transmits results. The DS200 Includes physical security features to secure sensitive components and election files, operating system controls that limit and detect unauthorized access, and safeguards, such as data encryption and digital signatures. Marion County has been using optical-scan technology with great success since 2001.
Universal Voting System (ExpressVote)
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 (DS850)
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 (BOD carts)
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.