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FAQ

  1. What is the Accessible Voting Unit (AVU)?

  2. How do I vote on the AVU?

  3. Where will the AVU be located?

  4. When can I vote using the AVU?

  5. Is the AVU secure?

  6. Why is Clark County implementing accessible voting units?
     
  7. How do I know my vote will be counted?
     
  8. What are the benefits of the AVU?
     
  9. What happens if the power goes out?
     
  10. Who manufactures Clark County’s accessible voting units?
     

1. What is the Accessible Voting Unit?

The federally required accessible voting unit is equipped with audio and visual technology that allows voters with limited vision to vote a truly secret ballot and voters with physically disabilities to vote more independently.

2. How do I vote on the Accessible Voting Unit?

Click here to get instructions, try an interactive demo, or watch videos on using the eSlate™ accessibility voting unit. If you need further assistance or are unable to use these tools, please come to the Elections Office, during normal office hours, to try the AVU in person.

3. Where will the AVU be located?

The AVU will be available at the Elections Department at 1408 Franklin, Vancouver, WA.  If you need assistance getting to our office and are not able to use regular C-Tran buses, please contact C-Van at: (360) 695-8918 or (TTY) (360) 695-2760.

4When can I vote using the AVU?

Voting on the accessibility voting units will be available 20 days prior to each election during normal office hours.  On Election day, accessible voting equipment is available from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM.

5. Is the AVU secure?

The new machines will be secure and have been proven to be extremely reliable.  The AVU stands alone and is not connected to the Internet or an intranet. Ballot selections are encrypted and scrambled, leaving no connection between the voter and his or her recorded vote.  The voting unit displays a paper record of the selections to verify before your ballot is cast.  (A voter’s selections can also be repeated over an audio headset if the individual cannot read the paper record).  The verified paper record is stored in a sealed container, separate from the electronic machine.  Paper records are kept in a sealed container, and are only opened by election officials in the event of a recount or an election audit.  Machine results are required by state law to be audited; after Election Day paper audit trail records are compared to machine results to ensure accuracy.

6. Why is Clark County implementing accessible voting units?

Federal law has required accessible voting units to be made available during elections since 2006.

7. How do I know my vote will be counted?

The voting unit displays a paper record, called a Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail, of the selections to verify before you cast your ballot. (A voter’s selections can also be repeated over an audio headset if the individual cannot read the paper record).  Your secret ballot is stored electronically, but can no be traced back to you.  The paper record is stored in a sealed container that is opened by election officials only in the event of a recount or an election audit. Machine results are also required by state law to be audited; after Election Day paper audit trail records are compared to machine results to ensure accuracy.

8. What are the benefits of the eSlate™ accessibility unit?

The eSlate™ by Hart Intercivic has been proven secure, accurate, and durable. It is easy to use and accessible to all voters.  The eSlate™ also complies with Federal and State law.

9. What happens if the power goes out?

An internal battery is provided in case of external power failure.  The accessible voting unit can run on battery power for some time, providing elections staff with ample time to deliver a replacement unit.  No votes would be lost in the process.

10. Who manufactures Clark County’s accessible voting units?

The eSlate™ is manufactured, marketed and supported by Hart InterCivic (www.hartintercivic.com).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clark County Auditor's Office - Elections Department: Cathie Garber, Elections Supervisor
Street Address: 1408 Franklin, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8815, Vancouver, WA 98666
Main phone: (360) 397-2345 | FAX: (360) 397-2394
Speech to Speech Relay: (800) 833-6384
Email: elections@clark.wa.gov
Responsible Elected Official: Greg Kimsey, Auditor
Email: Greg.Kimsey@clark.wa.gov

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