Politics & Government

November 8, 2012

County’s voting machines are common

Many counties, including Sedgwick, use direct recording systems that involve a touch screen machine that records votes on a removable cartridge and a separate memory card inside the machine. Other counties use optical scan machines where voters fill in bubbles and a machine scans them.

Kansas counties use two brands of electronic voting equipment: ES&S, a major voting software company used widely across the nation, and Premier Election Solutions, which was acquired by ES&S several years ago.

Many counties, including Sedgwick, use direct recording systems that involve a touch screen machine that records votes on a removable cartridge and a separate memory card inside the machine. Other counties use optical scan machines where voters fill in bubbles and a machine scans them.

Eight rural counties still use paper ballots, where voters mark an X in the box and election workers read the ballots and tally the results without computers.

Brad Bryant, the deputy assistant secretary of state, said there is nothing unique about Sedgwick County’s equipment, except that it fills in its precinct-specific races to a preset format in the ES&S software.

Several other counties also experienced delayed results Tuesday, but they appear to stem from unrelated problems, Bryant said.

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