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Delaware County Voting System

Welcome to the Delaware County voting system page. This page tells you how to vote in person on Election Day in Delaware County.

Most voters in Delaware County will vote using a hand-marked paper ballot. Some voters will vote using the Hart Verity Touch Writer to mark their ballot. . All voters will cast their ballot using the Verity Scan Scanner.

If you have questions about voting in Delaware County, contact the county election office. If you have any questions at the polling place on election day, poll workers are there to help you. Poll workers are trained to maintain the secrecy of your ballot.


How to Vote Using a Hand-Marked Paper Ballot:

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1. Getting started

Voter getting ready to vote

  • After you check in, a poll worker will hand you a ballot.
  • Take your ballot to a ballot marking station, where you will mark your ballot privately.

2. Make your selections

voter marking ballot

  • Completely fill the box next to each of your selections on the ballot.
  • Complete the front and back of all pages of the ballot.

3. Review your selections

Voter reviewing ballot

  • Check that you have voted all the contests you want to vote and confirm your selections.
    • You do not have to vote every contest.
  • Check the maximum number of candidates you are allowed to select for each office.
    • Do not select more than the maximum number of candidates for each office.
    • However, you may select fewer than the maximum number of candidates.
  • If you need to change a selection after you mark the ballot, ask a poll worker for a new ballot.
    • Do not scan the ballot you want to change.
    • Do not try to correct the ballot. Instead, give your spoiled ballot to the poll worker and make your selections again on the new ballot.

4. Submit your ballot

Voter submitting ballot

  • Take your completed ballot to the ballot scanner and insert it into the scanner.
    • A poll worker may be nearby to help you.
  • If you see a message saying the ballot was NOT successfully cast, you may need to review your ballot again.
    • If you do not understand the message on the screen, ask for help from a poll worker right away.
  • Your ballot is cast when you see a confirmation screen on the scanner.


How to Vote Using the Ballot Marking Device:

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1. Getting started

get started by selecting the setting

  • After you check in, a poll worker will direct you to a voting station and set you up with the ballot marking device.
  • Select "Get Started" by touching the screen.

2. Make your selections

make your selections

  • Make your selections by touching the screen. Touch the box next to the candidate or response.
  • Use the NEXT and BACK buttons at the bottom of the screen to switch between contests.

3. Review your selections

Review your selections before printing

  • At any time while you are voting, you can review your selections by pressing the "Review your choices" button at the bottom of the screen.
  • Check that you have voted all the contests you want to vote and confirm your selections.
    • You do not have to vote every contest.
  •  Check the maximum number of candidates you are allowed to select for each office.
    • You may select fewer than the maximum number of candidates.
  • To make a change, touch the button "Return to ballot" and switch to the contest you want to change using the NEXT and BACK buttons.  

4. Print your ballot

After reviewing your selections, print your ballot.

  • If you are satisfied with your selections, touch the PRINT button on the screen.
  • Your ballot will print to the printer connected to the ballot marking device.
  • Confirm your selections on the printed ballot.
  • If you want to make a change after the ballot is printed, you will need help from a poll worker to start over.
    • Give your spoiled ballot to the poll worker.

5. Submit your ballot

review your printed ballot

scan your printed ballot

  • Take your printed ballot to the ballot scanner and insert it into the scanner.
    • A poll worker may be nearby to help you.
  • If you see a message saying the ballot was NOT successfully cast, you may need to review your ballot again.
    • If you do not understand the message on the screen, ask for help from a poll worker.
  • Your ballot is cast when you see a confirmation screen on the scanner.


Accessible Features

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Devices

The following devices are available to use with the ballot marking device:

  • Tactile controller
    • Includes a 'move' wheel and 'select' button.
    • Buttons are labeled in text and Braille
  • Dual switch port
    • Compatible with sip and puff devices and dual switches
  • Audio Jack

Ask for help from a poll worker to set up the devices you intend to use.

Features

The Verity Touch Writer ballot marking device has the following accessible settings. You can access these features by selecting the option to change the settings before you start voting.

  • Audio - Reads the text of the ballot aloud over headphones.
  • Contrast - Changes the contrast between the text and the background of the screen.
  • Font size - Changes the size of the words on the screen.
  • Audio volume - Changes the volume when using headphones.
  • Audio speed - Changes the speed at which the ballot is read when using the screen reader.
  • Screen blank - Makes the screen blank for privacy while the audio is in use.

If you have questions about the accessible devices or features, contact the county.



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Other Counties

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PA counties with a similar voting system setup:

  • Delaware
  • Lancaster


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Pennsylvania Counties

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