PROVIDENCE, R.I., July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier today, Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced Rhode Island's procurement of new voting technology and hardware ahead of their September Primary Election. This Visionary Voting equipment from Election Systems & Software (ES&S) includes the DS200® in-precinct vote scanner & tabulator, the DS850® high-speed central scanner & tabulator and the Balotar® Ballot on Demand printer.
This announcement ensures Rhode Island will be one of the many states across the country utilizing upgraded voting technology this year, improving the Election Day process for voters. "Voting equipment is democracy's infrastructure. When I ran for office, I pledged to Rhode Islanders that I would utilize the latest technology to modernize elections in our state. I'm pleased to make good on that promise today by unveiling new voting equipment," remarked SOS Gorbea. "These systems will help state elections officials deliver fair, fast and accurate elections."
Each DS200 unit will help streamline the Election Day process for in-person voters. Wireless capabilities will also speed up reporting time after the polls close, enabling precincts to be 100% reported in less time on Election Night. "Wireless modeming will be a great tool for poll workers and election officials this year," SOS Gorbea added. The DS850 will process all mail ballots while Rhode Island utilizes the Balotar printers for printing during their emergency ballot period. They will also retain their ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) certified AutoMARK® units for accessible voting.
By the numbers:
- Rhode Island is purchasing 590 DS200 units, two DS850 units and 50 Balotar on demand printers.
- ES&S has a long-term partnership with the state beginning in 1998.
"Rhode Island has selected a technologically advanced system that will serve all voters well during the coming election," noted Matt Nelson, Senior Vice President, Corporate Sales. "We applaud the SOS' efforts to improve voting for the people of Rhode Island and look forward to continuing our partnership with the state, election officials and the voters."
To learn more about the full ES&S suite of voting solutions, please visit www.essvote.com/products.
ABOUT ES&S: Election Systems & Software's visionary approach to election equipment, software and solutions has helped improve the voting experience throughout North America for nearly 40 years. We are committed to developing integrated voting solutions that improve the marketplace and are flexible enough to meet multiple jurisdictions' needs and voter preferences. Learn more about ES&S at www.essvote.com and on Facebook at facebook.com/essvote.
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