Voting machines in North Carolina

Here is an excerpt from a press release from the NC State Board of Elections:

State Board Postpones Decision on New Voting Systems 

RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections on Thursday postponed a decision on whether to certify three new voting systems for use in North Carolina elections.

Instead, the five-member State Board voted unanimously to require each vendor, by noon on June 21, to disclose any owners or shareholders with a 5 percent or greater interest or share in the company, any subsidiary companies and the vendor’s parent company.

The three vendors and systems under consideration for certification are:

  • Clear Ballot: ClearVote 1.4
  • Election Systems & Software (ES&S): EVS 5.2.2.0
  • Hart InterCivic: Verity Voting 2.2

The approval of new voting systems would empower the 100 county boards of elections to choose what equipment best serves their voters in 2020 and beyond. New systems would give the counties options when replacing aging voting machines, some of which are more than a decade old.

Even if ultimately certified, the voting systems vendors and the state and county boards of elections still must comply with many requirements of the law and North Carolina’s Voting Systems Certification Program before any county boards may purchase the equipment.

For voters, public demonstrations of any new voting equipment would be held in various locations in the coming months. Information about each voting system also will be available on the State Board website.

Currently, ES&S is the only certified voting systems vendor in North Carolina. Its products have been used in all North Carolina elections in recent years. They include the DS200 and M100 precinct tabulators, which read and tabulate paper ballots, as well as the iVotronic, a touch-screen, direct-record-electronic (DRE) machine used on Election Day in about 20 counties. (See North Carolina Voting Systems Map.)

Under current state law, DREs will be decertified in North Carolina on December 1, 2019, in favor of paper ballots or voting equipment that produces paper ballots for all voters.

In late July 2018, the State Board hosted a public demonstration of the voting systems. A public comment period was held from July 27 to August 10, 2018. Public comments are available here.

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