The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections will soon replace hundreds of polling location scanners and several high-speed central scanners that have been in use for over a decade. The purchase is part of a statewide funding program that has provided over $10 million for Cuyahoga County to upgrade its voting equipment.
Last week, voting equipment suppliers Election Systems and Software (ES&S), Hart InterCivic, and Clear Ballot provided demonstrations to election officials and guests. These demonstrations were recorded and can be found on our website. We strongly encourage voters to watch the videos and provide their feedback in the corresponding surveys.
“I want to encourage people to watch the videos and to share their thoughts or ask questions,” said Pat McDonald the Director of the Board of Elections. “This is a very big decision that will impact voters and the Board for many years to come.”
All of the scanners and tabulation devices that are under consideration will utilize paper ballots so there will be no major changes for voters. People will continue feeding ballots into a scanner that also doubles as a ballot box. “Regardless of which vendor is selected, the machines will provide the same services voters have come to expect when they cast ballots,” said McDonald.
The Three Vendor Demonstrations
- Election Systems and Software (ES&S)
- Hart InterCivic
- Clear Ballot