Hart Intercivic E-Scan
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The Hart InterCivic E-Scan Optical Scan System from Hart InterCivic is an optical scan voting system.
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Design and operation
The Hart InterCivic E-Scan Optical Scan System's federally-Qualified Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail Capability: Uses paper ballots
The eScan is a precinct-based, optical ballot scanning system. After marking a paper ballot, the voter feeds it directly into the eScan at the precinct. The ballot image is stored as a Cast Vote Record on a flash memory card that can be retrieved and tabulated when the polls close. eScan's capabilities include functionality to reject overvoted, undervoted and blank ballots, thereby providing second-chance voting at the precinct.
Detailed Voting Process
The Hart InterCivic E-Scan system functions much like a traditional paper balloting system. Upon entering the voting precinct, the voter will receive a paper ballot; the voter then shades in the paper ballot with any standard pen or pencil and inserts the ballot into the E-Scan machine.
Not many problems have been reported on the operation of the Hart InterCivic E-Scan. However, the E-Scan has been known to have problems reading creased ballots. Most of the reported problems are with the E-Slate system, which uses an entirely different technology.
Hart InterCivic recently made news by agreeing to comply with a trusted voting opensource mandate, meaning that they will allow their software to be examined for flaws by interested parties.
NASED Qualification Status
Articles and resources
Related SourceWatch articles
Note: This article was originally copied from the Electronic Frontier Foundation's fact sheet, "Electronic Voting Machine Information Sheet: ES&S Model 100 Optical Scan System,", Version 1.1 of October 29, 2006. See more EFF articles on voting machines at http://w2.eff.org/Activism/E-voting/protection.php
- From the manufacturer’s website, available at: http://www.hartintercivic.com/files/hartfacts.
- For more details, go to VoteTrustUSA. http://www.votetrustusa.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=75&Itemid=179
- Information from the NASED website. http://www.nased.org/NASED%20Qualified%20Voting%20Systems%20031706.pdf