For the first time in eight years, the State Election Commission is expected to certify a new voting system for use in state elections when it meets Friday afternoon. Commissioners will be asked to certify the EVS 18.104.22.168 system manufactured by Elections Systems & Software of Omaha, Neb., for use in elections statewide. Jake Glance, spokesman for the Secretary of State’s office, said a key advance in the new system is that it incorporates a high-speed digital scan central ballot counter, which can record and tabulate ballots faster than optical-scan ballot counters currently in use. “It will make the counting process faster,” he said Thursday. “It’s all about speed and accuracy.”
Under state election law and the federal Help America Vote Act, voting systems must be tested to verify security and accuracy at both the federal and state level.
The United States Election Assistance Commission gave federal certification to the EVS 22.214.171.124 on May 16.
… In addition to the central ballot scanner, key components of the system include digital ballot tabulators for use at voting precincts, and AutoMARK voter-assist terminals.