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Northumberland County Voting System

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

All voters in Northumberland County will vote using the ES&S ExpressVote 2.1 ballot marking device and tabulator.

If you have questions about voting in Northumberland 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 the Ballot Marking Device:

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1. Getting started

Voting machine set up screen

  • After you check in, a poll worker will direct you to a voting station and set you up with a ballot marking device.

2. Make your selections

Voter touching the screen to select their choice.

  • Make your selections by touching the screen.
  • Use the PREVIOUS and NEXT buttons to switch between contests on the ballot.

3. Review your selections

Screen showing the voter's selections for verification.

  • Review your selections on the summary 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 contest and change your selection.

4. Print your ballot

Touch the RETURN CARD button to print your ballot.

  • If you are satisfied with your selections, touch RETURN CARD to print your ballot.
  • 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

Check your ballot then insert the card back into the ExpressVote.

  • Insert the ballot back into the ExpressVote. The ballot will be scanned and deposited into a secure container.
    • 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.

Accessible Features

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

  • Tactile keypad
    • Has buttons of different shapes
    • Labeled in braille.
  • Headphone jack
    • Located on the ballot marking device.
  • Dual switch jack
    • Compatible with two-position rocker switches and sip and puff devices.

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


The ExpressVote ballot marking device has the following accessible settings. You can access these features at the bottom of the screen while voting, by selecting the help icon at the top of the screen, or using the tactile keypad.

  • Contrast - changes the screen to high contrast white text on black background.
  • Zoom - Changes the size of the words on the screen.
  • Audio speed - Changes the speed at which the ballot is read when using headphones.  
  • Audio volume - Changes the volume when using headphones.
  • Display - 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.

Northumberland County Voting and Elections Office

Other Counties

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PA counties with a similar voting system setup:

  • Cameron
  • Elk
  • McKean
  • Northumberland
  • Potter

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Pennsylvania Counties