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.

Main article: Voting machines

Design and operation

Voter verification

The Hart InterCivic E-Scan Optical Scan System's federally-Qualified Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail Capability: Uses paper ballots

Brief description

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.[1]

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.

Reported problems

Pre-2008 election

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.[2] 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.[3]

NASED Qualification Status

The National Association of State Election Directors NASED Qualified: Yes[4]

Articles and resources

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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

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