Voting Equipment Used

Unisyn Voting Solutions: OpenElect

The OpenElect Voting Optical (OVO) is a precinct-level, dual-sided optical scan ballot system that scans and validates voter ballots and provides a summary of all ballots cast. The election is loaded from the OVS Election Server via a USB thumb drive. On Election Day, an OVO at each polling location scans and validates voters' ballots, and provides precinct tabulation and reporting. The OVO unit is also paired with the FVT (OpenElect FreedomVote Tablet) to scan and tabulate voting ballots. OVO units can also be used at election headquarters to read absentee, provisional, or recount ballots in smaller jurisdictions.

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OpenElect FreedomVote Tablet FVT

OpenElect FreedomVote Tablet (FVT)

The OpenElect FreedomVote Tablet (FVT) is a ballot marking device that prints paper ballots that are counted in the same tabulators as other paper ballots. The FVT exceeds the voting requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by offering state-of-the-art features. Voters can navigate the ballot via the tablet's intuitive touchscreen technology and an audio presentation. It offers a sophisticated text-to-speech engine. 

The voters mark their ballot choices on a 13.3-inch touchscreen display. A "review page" gives them the opportunity to check their choices and correct mistakes. Upon acceptance, voters print their ballots and take them to the OVO where they are scanned, counted and cast.

The FVT facilitates special needs voters through a variety of methods including Help America Vote Act (HAVA)-compliant keypad and sip-n-puff, expanded font function, and audio assistance for the visually impaired.

Additional Information

Unisyn Voting Solutions
2310 Cousteau Court
Vista, California 92081

Poll Pads

St. Charles County uses KnowInk Poll Pads for voter check-in. The voter confirms their address and signs for their ballot. After a voter has checked in, the poll pads do not allow a voter to receive another ballot.