Voting Equipment Information

Optical Scan Voting Machines

Optical Scan Voting MachineBeginning with the November 2013 General Election, Fairfax County will only deploy the  AccuVote™ optical scan voting system at each polling place. These machines “read” an electronically scanned ballot marked by the voter. It is expected that the optical scan machines will help reduce the time spent waiting in line at the polling places since more voters can vote at the same time. The Office of Elections will continue to deploy the existing WINvote touch screen machines to all precincts. These machines comply with the federal Help America Vote Act of 2002, Public Law 107-252 (HAVA), which mandates accessible voting devices for blind and visually impaired voters.

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 Touch Screen Voting Machine

Touch Screen Voting MacineIn addition to the AccuVote optical scan voting machines, every polling place will also be equipped with WINvote™ machines to primarily assist voters with disabilites. These touch screen machines are designed to provide voters with disabilities the opportunity to cast their votes unassisted. Each machine is equipped with an audio headset that enables voters with visual impairments to cast a secret ballot without assistance. This light-weight machine may also be carried outside the polling place for curbside voters.

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 Code of Virginia, §24.2-1009: Stealing or tampering with ballot containers, voting or registration equipment, software, records or documents is a Class 5 felony.

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