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Philadelphia County Voting System

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

All voters in Philadelphia County will vote using the ES&S ExpressVote XL.

If you have questions about voting in Philadelphia 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:

1. Getting started

Voter inserting ballot paper into machine.

  • After you check in, a poll worker will direct you to a voting station and help you get started.

2. Make your selections

Voter touching screen to make selection.

  • Make your selections by touching the screen.
  • Your selections will be highlighted in green.

3. Review your selections

Voter touching screen to make selection.

  • After you make all of your selections, review them on 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.

4. Print your ballot

Voting machine showing Print Ballot button.
Voter reviewing ballot before submitting.

  • If you are satisfied with your selections, touch PRINT on the screen to print your ballot.
  • Your printed paper ballot will appear in the window to the right of the screen.
  • Confirm your selections on the printed ballot.
  • If you want to make a change after the ballot is printed, select SPOIL BALLOT.
    • This will alert a poll worker that you need help. You will have to start the voting process over.

5. Submit your ballot

Voting machine with screen showing quit or cast buttons.

  • Touch VOTE to submit your ballot. The ballot will be scanned and deposited into a secure container.
  • You will see a confirmation screen when your ballot has been cast.


Accessible Features

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Devices

The following devices are available to use with the ExpressVote XL:

  • 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.

Features

The ExpressVote XL 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.



Instructional Video



Philadelphia Commissioners


Other Counties

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PA counties with a similar voting system setup:

  • Cumberland County
  • Northampton County
  • Philadelphia County


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Pennsylvania Counties

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