Optical Scan Ballot and Reader

The voter marks the ballot using a pen or a no. 2 pencil. Both sides of the ballot may be printed with candidate names and referenda issues. Next to each is a hollow square, circle or oval to be filled in, or a head-and-tail of an arrow to be connected. Ballots may be tabulated in the polling place using an optical scan reader, or collected for tabulation at a central location. In either case each ballot is entered into the reader, which reports to the software of a computer the ballot positions marked by the voter. The software summarizes the votes for each candidate or referenda issue.

Photo of Optical scan ballot

Optical scan ballot

Photo of Optical scan ballot reader

Optical scan ballot reader