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Union County Voting System

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

All voters in Union County will vote using the Unisyn Freedom Vote Tablet to mark their ballot and the OpenElect Voting Optical Scanner to cast their completed ballot.

If you have questions about voting in Union 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

Voter touching the Start button on the Unisyn OpenElect ballot marking device with privacy screen.

  • After you check in, a poll worker will direct you to a voting station and set you up with the ballot marking device.
  • Touch the START button on the screen to begin voting.

2. Make your selections

Finger tapping circle next to name on screen.

  • Make your selections by touching the screen. Touch the circle next to the candidate or response.
  • You can switch between contests on the ballot by swiping the screen to the left or right.

3. Review your selections

Voter slection the change button to make a correction.

  • After the ballot is complete, you will see a review screen. Contests that may need additional review will be highlighted in red.
  • 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, select the contest on the screen. This will take you to a screen where you can change your selection.

4. Print your ballot

A message reading Printing Your Ballot on the Unisyn OpenElect ballot marking device.

  • If you are satisfied with your selections, touch the DONE button and then the PRINT button on the screen.
  • Your ballot will print on 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

Paper ballot being inserted into the scanner between the arrows with a green light.

  • Take your printed ballot to the ballot scanner.
  • Line your ballot up with the arrows on the scanner and insert it.
    • 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 green light above the slot where you inserted your ballot. 

Accessible Features

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

  • Tactile keypad
    • Has buttons of different shapes labeled in braille
  • Binary input/ dual switch jack
    • For use with a sip-and-puff or other binary device
    • Located on the tactile keypad
  • Audio jack on the side of the ballot marking device

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


The Unisyn Freedom Vote Tablet ballot marking device has the following accessible settings. You can access these features by touching the settings icon before you begin the voting session.  

  • Screen reader – Reads the text of the ballot aloud over headphones.
  • Hide screen – Turns off the screen when the screen reader is in use for privacy.
  • Audio volume – Changes the volume when using headphones.
  • Audio speed – Changes the speed at which the ballot is read when using the screen reader. 
  • Text size – Changes the size of the words on the screen.
  • Brightness – Changes the brightness of the screen.
  • Contrast – Changes the contrast between the text and the background of the screen.

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

Instructional Videos


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Union County Voting and Elections Office

Other Counties

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PA counties with a similar voting system setup:

  • Bradford
  • Columbia
  • Union

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Pennsylvania Counties