DOVER, Del., May 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, Delaware held its first election since implementing new paper-based voting machines statewide. Election officials say it was a seamless performance with the Election Systems & Software (ES&S) ExpressVote XLTM voting machines.
"The entire day – from open to close – really was outstanding," Elaine Manlove, Delaware Election Commissioner said. "Voters not only enjoyed using the new technology, but with the auditable paper trail, we can assure them that their vote is safe, secure and accurately counted. Poll workers said the election day went smoothly. We really couldn't have asked for a better result."
On Election Day, Delaware deployed 131 ExpressVote XL machines across 68 polling places statewide. The state approved the purchase of the new equipment, including ExpressVote XL, Pollbook and Electionware® software, in September 2018, implementing the state's first new voting system in 20 years. The systems provide the state's first verifiable paper trail of Delaware voters' ballots in decades and allow for a full audit of election results.
"Our Election Day experience was overwhelmingly positive and we're looking forward to many more successful elections in the years to come," Manlove said.
The ExpressVote XL is a full-face universal voting system which displays the full ballot on a 32-inch interactive screen, and allows voters to review their selections on the paper ballot before casting their vote. It is fully ADA-compliant, allowing all voters to have a similar voting experience.
"On Tuesday, ES&S supported elections in 63 jurisdictions across nine states, including Delaware," said Tom Burt, President and CEO of ES&S. "We take pride in our voting equipment, it's security and accuracy, and the partnerships we have with election officials in executing successful elections. We're looking forward to the future of elections in Delaware."
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.comand on Facebook at facebook.com/essvote.