Maryland's Major Shift in Voting Approach Debuts DS200 and ExpressVote Statewide Tuesday
A major shift in voting methods for Maryland pays off with a successful April 26 Primary Election. Voters enjoy visionary voting with the DS200 and ExpressVote while officials enjoy the simplicity of reporting with Electionware Results
OMAHA, Neb., April 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- This April voters in Maryland had a slightly different Election Day experience. With the successful first use of the DS200® in-precinct scanner and the ExpressVote® Universal Voting System, voting in Maryland shifted from DRE's with no paper trail to paper-based voting that utilized scanners equipped with IMR™ & PTRAC™ technology to verify voter intent. Linda Bennett, an ES&S Account Management Director stated "Everything went very smoothly. This primary has laid a very good foundation ahead of November for Maryland and its voters."
Facts at a glance:
Approximately 2,200 DS200 units and 2,000 ADA compliant ExpressVote units were deployed April 26.
A large state-wide network installation enabled timely results reporting.
The April Primary marks the first statewide use of Electionware Results reporting for voters, candidates and media to quickly access unofficial election tallies.
Early voting in Maryland was executed seamlessly, with over a quarter of a million voters casting early ballots in person.
Elections Systems & Software (ES&S) is proud to have been selected as the statewide voting system provider during this time of change for Maryland elections. What started with a call for legislative change has produced a voting system configuration that is easy for voters to use and improves the results reporting process. Working in close partnership with the State Board of Elections (SBE) and local election officials, ES&S is honored to have played a small part in ensuring the voters of Maryland had a good Election Day.
"While ES&S is proud to support all of our customers this primary season we have been laser focused on April 26 and the inaugural statewide implementation in Maryland," remarked Tom Burt, President & CEO of ES&S. "An implementation of a new method of voting requires detailed attention to ensure voters feel confident in the vote they cast. The Maryland State Board of Elections and the local Election Boards are to be commended for conducting an exemplary first use election."
The ExpressVote and DS200 in-precinct voting system configuration has debuted in numerous jurisdictions during the March and April Primary season. This equipment is part of the federally certified EVS 220.127.116.11 election management solution.
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.