Fairfax County Voters Encouraged to Use Electronically Scanned Ballot


June 7, 2013

News Highlights

  • Virginia primary election is June 11.
  • Use of electronically scanned ballot is encouraged; jurisdictions mandated to move away from touch screen machine.  

Voters in Fairfax County are encouraged to use an electronically scanned ballot during the June 11 primary. The commonwealth of Virginia has mandated that jurisdictions move away from using touch screen machines and toward optical scan technology.

To use an electronically scanned ballot, a voter marks his or her choices on a paper ballot using a pen or pencil and then inserts the marked ballot into an optical scanning machine. You can see the machine’s counter confirm that your ballot was registered by the machine. The machine then tabulates the votes after the polls close on Election Day.

In the next couple of years, Fairfax County will implement a new voting system using state-of the-art optical scan technology, as recommended by the county’s Bipartisan Election Process Improvement Commission earlier this year.  “While the county allows all voters to use the touch screen machines, we are losing a number of our touch screen machines due to their age,” said Fairfax County General Registrar Cameron Quinn. “For these reasons we are encouraging voters to start using an electronically scanned ballot.”

The touch screen machines will still be available for voters to use if needed due to a disability or other reason.

For more information, contact the Fairfax County Office of Elections at 703-222-0776 (TTY 711) or email voting@fairfaxcounty.gov

 


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