Election Systems & Software, LLC (ES&S) announced Thursday that the company has inked a contract with the City of Virginia Beach, Va., to replace the jurisdiction’s existing touch-screen voting system with an innovative secure paper ballot scanning and tabulation system. After a detailed and thorough procurement process, the City of Virginia Beach evaluation committee selected ES&S’ DS200 in-precinct digital scanner, and the ExpressVote Universal Voting Device. This voting solution is fueled by Electionware, the election industry’s powerful new election management software. Under the agreement, North Carolina-based Printelect Inc. will provide the City of Virginia Beach with Election Day support, training, equipment maintenance and project management. Together, ES&S and Printelect have provided election services and support to Virginia jurisdictions for over 35 years. “We are excited to implement state-of-the-art voting technology for the citizens of Virginia Beach,” commented Donna Patterson, General Registrar for City of Virginia Beach. “The ES&S voting equipment is user friendly for voters and officers of election. ES&S and their local partner Printelect have an outstanding track record in the Commonwealth as well as across the country, truly distinguishing itself throughout our vigorous evaluation process.”
“We are pleased they have a local office in Richmond and a full service center nearby in eastern North Carolina,” added Patterson.
“We are honored to have been selected by the City of Virginia Beach to implement this new wave of voting technology,” said Matt Nelson, Senior Vice President of Sales for ES&S. “Voters will be able to cast their vote with confidence knowing the City selected the industry’s newest and most innovative voting system providing the voters of Virginia Beach with a platform, which can be sustained for many years into the future.” Our DS200, ExpressVote and Electionware solution suite is designed for today’s needs while providing the flexibility to expand with future technology needs,” added Nelson.
The City of Virginia Beach, VA purchased 120 DS200® ballot scanning and vote tabulation devices for counting votes in polling places. In addition, 120 ExpressVote® Universal Voting System devices will be used during absentee voting periods and serve as a device for voters with disabilities. The ExpressVote has been certified under guidelines of the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).