(Updated February 17, 2011)
In compliance with the Help America Vote Act of 2002
(HAVA), Volusia County
uses a blended voting system in each polling place consisting of an AccuVote-OS (optical scan)
Tabulator and an AccuVote-AVE
(accessible voting) Tabulator. Both types of tabulators
provide a verifiable audit trail log to account for every activity
performed during an election.
After the polls have closed and the last person has voted, the
AccuVote-OS and AccuVote-AVE Tabulators are secured, preventing any
further votes from being cast. The results of the votes cast
are printed and transmitted over a secure line to the Department of
Elections centralized count system. A copy of the results for
the precinct are posted, and posted at the precinct.
By Florida Law, all voting shall be by marksense
ballot (paper ballot) with the exception of voters having
person using the AccuVote-OS Tabulator is issued a marksense ballot
(paper ballot) and
directed to a voting booth where they may mark their ballot in
privacy. The voter inserts the ballot into the AccuVote-OS
which reads, records and stores them in a locked ballot box.
to vote using a paper ballot
1. To vote, completely
fill in the oval
next to your choice.
Erasing or making other marks, such as a check
üor an x may cause the
vote not to count.
you make a mistake, a new ballot may be requested. A voter may
receive up to two replacement ballots
for a total of three ballots.
4. To vote for a write-in candidate, write the candidate's name on the
line provided and fill in the oval next to his/her
5. Review both sides of your ballot before casting your vote.
Once a ballot has been deposited into the ballot box, a voter may
not receive another, even if they indicate that they made a mistake
or failed to mark any part of the ballot.
The AccuVote-AVE Tabulator allows
persons with special needs to vote independently. A Voter
Access Card is inserted into the AccuVote-AVE Tabulator, which will
display the ballot on the screen. Ballots on the AccuVote-AVE
Tabulator are voted in two ways.
1. Visually, by making
selections on the touchscreen.
2. Audibly, by making selections on a numeric keypad in
response to audio prompts heard on headphones.
to vote using the accessible voting equipment
1. To vote, touch the screen next to your
choice. Your selection will be highlighted and marked with an
2. If you make a mistake or wish to change your selection,
simply touch the screen next to your choice and it will deselect.
Touch the screen again to make another selection.
3. To vote for a write-in candidate, touch the box next to the
word write-in. Use the on-screen keyboard to enter the name.
Press "Record Write-In" to record the entry and return to the
4. The final page of the ballot is the summary screen.
Before you cast your ballot, review this page to ensure that it is
completed to your satisfaction.
5. If you wish to change your selection in any race, you may
touch the box where that race is displayed and it will take you back.
6. Once you have finished marking your ballot, press "Cast
Ballot" on the summary screen and your votes will be recorded.
Once a ballot has been cast on the AVE, a voter may not vote again,
even if they indicate that they made a mistake or failed to mark any
part of the ballot.
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