The ES&S AutoMARK™ voter assist terminal is a ballot-marking system designed to provide privacy and accessibility to voters who are blind, vision-impaired, or have a disability or condition that would make it difficult or impossible to mark a ballot in the usual way. The technology also provides language assistance to voters who are more comfortable speaking a different language or who need help to better understand written instructions.
The Optech Insight® is the successor to the popular Optech III-P Eagle® optical scan voting machine. Voters are provided a 1,2 or 3 column ballot which they mark with a pen or pencil. The Insight recognizes virtually any any marking device. Voters record their selections by completing the arrow opposite the candidate of issue of their choice.
After voting at a polling location the voter feeds his or her ballot into the Optech Insight®, where it is tabulated and automatically stored in the locked ballot box. Incorrectly marked ballots can be returned to the voter for review and correction. The Optech Insight® handles absentee ballots as a central count device for small to medium jurisdictions.
Election results are stored on the memory of the machine and on a proprietary Optech Memory Pack. Precinct results can be transmitted to an election center via a built-in cellular or land-line modem, or by simply removing the Memory Pack and transporting it to a tabulation center where it is read within a matter of seconds.
The Optech Insight works interchangeably with existing Optech III-P Eagles and other Sequoia optical scan systems or as part of an integrated system with the Sequoia AVC Edge® Touchscreen Voting System.