For a further description and instructions, please download this pdf containing information using the optical scan ballot and equipment.
The Board of Elections also supplies each polling place with equipment designed to allow voters, including those who are visually or physically challenged, to vote unassisted. The AutoMARKTM was first available to voters at the March 21, 2006 Primary election.
The AutoMARKTM Voter Assist Terminal (VAT) is used to mark the ballot selections of voters who are visually impaired, have a disability, or who are more comfortable using the VAT.
Ballot choices and instructions are displayed in large text print on the touch screen monitor, as well as read by the audio system. Voters enter their selections by touching buttons on the screen, pressing keys on the Braille keypad, or using an ADA device (such as puff-sip or foot pedal).
The VAT marks your ballot with your selections and returns it to you. You can then submit your marked ballot in the normal manner for tabulation.
The VAT has several privacy features. Audio volume can be increased or decreased as desired, and the screen can be turned on and off for privacy. If you want to use the audio system to listen to ballot choices and instructions, you will use the audio keys on the keypad (shown here) to control audio sound. Headphones with disposable earpieces may be provided by your election officials.
The VAT also has a ZOOM MODE feature which enlarges the text on the screen, and a High Contrast mode which gives contrast to the screen resolution, for those who are visually impaired.
Board of Elections staff will be happy to demonstrate our equipment in the office. Please call for more information at 618-398-3778.