Features of eSlate

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Features of eSlate


eSlate employs a durable rotary dial to move a highlight bar through the ballot. You simply push the ENTER button when your choice is highlighted. This Rotary Select interface is similar to those used in familiar products ranging from household appliances such as washing machines to handheld devices to stereos.

The eSlate System records each vote, tabulating vote totals and reporting and archiving results accurately and reliably. After you vote, your ballot is, as a safety measure, recorded in three places within the eSlate System. At the end of the day when the polls close, the votes from each polling place are delivered to the central counting station. There, the votes are tabulated and reported for quick availability on Election night.


The eSlate System provides clear recording of your vote. It prevents you from selecting more than the allowable number of choices in a single race. Before casting a final ballot on the eSlate, you are presented with a summary of your ballot, allowing verification of cast votes and a final opportunity for changes or corrections, as necessary. An audit trail capturing each action and all cast vote records is automatically created. Officials may print this audit for review or to assist in a recount or contested race. And, of course, the very public nature of the elections process that ensures security will still be in place from the performance of the logic and accuracy test to the central counting station tally on Election night.


eSlate provides you with unobstructed access and ease of use…the assurance that the system will not have barriers that prevent any citizen from exercising the right to vote privately and independently. The developers of the eSlate System have worked closely with representatives from the disability community to design a system that allows persons with disabilities to vote independently and on the same equipment used by all voters.

The eSlate accommodates various devices that support voting by people with disabilities, including individuals who are blind, visually impaired or literacy-challenged. The system is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) requirements and those of the Help America Vote Act. It includes special interfaces for voters with mobility impairments, including large tactile switches that can be used to navigate the ballot and cast the ballot. The system can even accommodate breath control devices – sometimes called “sip-and-puff” devices – that allow those with no upper-body movement to cast votes independently. The system includes an audio ballot reader and a voting booth for those using wheelchairs or needing simply to sit down while voting.