Hillsborough County voters use Dominion Voting Systems optical scan voting equipment for Early Voting and Election Day voting. The electronic digital scanner is commonly referred to as OSX. During voting, the OSX scanner is secured to the ballot box. When a ballot is inserted it uses light sensors to track and transport the ballot from the scanner to the ballot box. Once the scanner has read the ballot, the ballot box then pulls the ballot in and routes it to the correct bin. The OSX sits atop the ballot box but can be removed to transport and store or clear a paper jam.
AUTOMARK VOTER ASSIST TERMINAL
Voters with disabilities may find their voting experiences easier and more private by using the AutoMark Voter Assist Terminal (VAT). The AutoMark VAT allows voters with disabilities or special needs to mark their ballot privately and independently. It also provides language assistance to voters who need help to better understand written instructions. When a voter inserts his or her ballot in the AutoMark VAT, he or she can proceed to mark the ballot using the touchscreen interface, headphones and keypad, foot/hand peddles or the sip and puff device. Before any mark is made on the ballot, the voter is shown a verification screen where each race is displayed along with the voter's selections. A voter with visual impairments can have his or her selections read out loud (use of headphones assures the privacy of the voter's selections). The voter will then remove his or her privately marked ballot and insert it into the optical scan machine. Poll workers are available to provide assistance to any voter who requests it.
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