Our Voting System
Escambia County uses a paper-based system of digital precinct scanners and high-speed optical absentee scanners for voting and tabulation. We use ES&S DS200 digital scanners at the precinct, and the 650 high-speed optical scanner at the Elections Office to process absentee ballots.
To comply with to federal and state mandates, we have recently added AutoMARK ballot marking devices to our inventory. To meet the mandate for a voting system accessible to those with disabilities, each polling place and early voting site will have at least one AutoMARK in addition to the DS200 digital scanner. The vendor for our voting equipment is Election Systems & Software.
The digital scan method of voting is a user-friendly method that makes voting both fast and simple. Just fill in the oval to the left of the candidate or issue you wish to vote for, as illustrated below:
The AutoMARK is simple to use as well. This ballot marking device uses a marksense ballot, and allows the option of a touchscreen or audio headset function to mark your ballot. The screen has large-print capability and adjustable screen contrast for better viewing. To use, the voter inserts the ballot into the AutoMARK, then makes selections by touching the screen or by using the audio headset function. You navigate through the ballot by touching “next” or “back”, and after reviewing all the selections touch the “mark ballot” button. The AutoMARK will mark the ballot and eject it, and the voter then inserts the ballot into the digital scan tabulator.
Video Demos and Information on the DS200 Digital Scanner
Video Demo of the AutoMARK
The results from the precincts, early voting, and absentee voting are tabulated together at the Elections Office after the polls close, and are released to the public and posted on our website.