Volusia County will switch to a new voting system next year for the first time in more than two decades. Supervisor of Elections Ann McFall said Tuesday she will start contract negotiations with Election Systems & Software, one of two companies to put in a bid to be the county’s provider. Dominion Voting Systems, which has been the county’s vendor since 1994, was the other company. But McFall said the package offered by ES&S surpassed anything Dominion could bring to the table. “They’re clearly the winner,” she said of ES&S.
The new equipment will replace machines that have been used by the county for more than 20 years and put Volusia County into the international spotlight when a faulty memory card subtracted more than 16,000 votes from Vice President Al Gore’s tally.
… The change will be when ballots are placed in the tabulator, which will alert voters if they have over-voted or under-voted, Rogers said. Voters with impairments will vote via ES&S’ ExpressVote, combining touch-screen technology with paper-ballot voting.