The goal of Unisyn’s voting machine systems is to keep human beings out of the process as much as possible, “You’re taking that human element out of the process,” said Todd Mullen of RBM Consulting, which is marketing and servicing electronic voting systems for Unisyn Voting Solutions, based in Vista, Calif. “The more you handle a ballot, the more opportunity you have to mishandle it.” Mullen presented Unisyn’s systems Thursday for the Mercer County commissioners and the county’s elections staff in the second of three scheduled demonstrations of voting machine systems. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania are under a mandate by Gov. Tom Wolf to adopt a voting system by January 2020 that provides paper documentation of individual votes, while protecting voters’ identities. Election Systems & Software, based in Omaha, Neb., demonstrated its devices June 14. ES&S company’s products include the iVotronic, which Mercer County residents have been using to cast their votes since 2006. The current system lacks the required paper trail. Dominion Voting Systems of Denver will stop in Mercer County July 12 to present its wares.
… While Unisyn’s voting devices – including a touchscreen tablet and a precinct-based optical scan machine for fill-in-the-oval paper ballots — were similar to those presented two weeks earlier by ES&S, there was one key difference.
Unisyn’s is the only system now certified by the Pennsylvania Department of State. Representatives of ES&S said June 14 that they expected the company to win certification from the state by the end of August. “I’ll believe that when I see it,” Mullen scoffed Thursday. He said Unisyn’s Pennsylvania certification took more than six months longer than expected.
The company’s precinct-based OpenElect voting devices include OVO, an optical scan machine, and the FreedomVote Tablet touchscreen device.