Dominion ImageCast Democracy Suite

Dominion ImageCastDominion ImageCast The Dominion Democracy Suite is a paper-based optical scan voting system consisting of three components: ImageCast Precinct, a precinct-based optical scan ballot tabulator, ImageCast Evolution, precinct scanner with optional ballot marking capabilities, and ImageCast Central, a high-speed, central ballot scan tabulator based on Commercial off the Shelf (COTS) hardware.

The ImageCast Precinct ballot scanner and vote tabulator that is used in conjunction with ImageCast compatible ballot storage boxes. The system is designed to scan marked paper ballots, interpret voter marks on the paper ballot and store and tabulate each vote from each paper ballot. The ICP contains a small touch-screen LCD to allow the poll worker to access diagnostic and configuration settings. In addition, enhanced accessibility voting may be accomplished via optional accessories connected to the ImageCast unit. The ICP utilizes an Audio-Tactile Interface (ATI) device to allow voters with disabilities to navigate and submit a voted ballot. This is accomplished by presenting the ballot to the voter in an audio format. The ATI is connected to the tabulator, and allows the voter to listen to an audio voting session consisting of contest and candidate names. The ATI also allows a voter to adjust the volume and speed of audio playback.

The ImageCast Evolution employs a precinct-level optical scan ballot tabulator designed to mark and/or scan paper ballots, interpret voting marks, communicate these interpretations back to the voter (either visually through the integrated LCD display or audibly via integrated headphones), and upon the voter’s acceptance, deposit the ballots into the secure ballot box. The unit also features an Audio Tactile Interface (ATI) which permits voters who cannot negotiate a paper ballot to generate a synchronously human and machine-readable ballot from elector-input vote selections.

The ATI can also accept input from sip and puff and other personal assistive technologies. In this sense, the ImageCast Evolution acts as a ballot marking device. The ImageCast Evolution has a small LCD display screen to provide voters with feedback such as an overvote warning. There are two buttons, a square red button labeled “Return” and an oval green button labeled “Cast” that the voter uses to instruct the machine to return or cast ballots with errors, such as overvotes or ambiguous marks. When the polls close, the ImageCast prints out the race results and other information on a paper tape.

ImageCast Central Count scanner

The ImageCast Central is a high-speed, central ballot scan tabulator using a Canon DR-X10C Scanner (pictured) or higher volume Canon DR-7550C, coupled with the custom-made ballot processing application software. It is used for high speed scanning and counting of paper ballots.

Voting Process: 

1. The pollworker will give you a ballot specific to your district. The scanner will be able to distinguish what district the ballot is for by the timing marks on the edge of the printed ballot. You may also receive a privacy sleeve.

2. Using the pen provided by the pollworker, fill in the oval completely to indicate your selections.

3. The voting booth has four sections, allowing for up to four voters to sign in at a time. The lower section is wheelchair accessible.

4. When you have finished marking selections and reviewing your ballot, insert the completed ballot into the ImageCast scanner. If the ballot has been completely voted and the ovals are filled in correctly, the scanner will automatically cast the ballot.

5. While the scanner will notify you if you have over-voted, it will accept under-votes when all the contests or ballot questions have not been voted on. If there are ballot discrepancies, or the scanner can not read the ballot, the LCD screen will alert you to the error and/or the ballot will be returned.

 A Voting Demo produced by Warren County NY:

 A Demo of Poll Opening and Closing:

Security Concerns

Security Seals  The ImageCast ‘s exposed ports, memory card access areas, ballot box doors and case seams should be covered with tamper-evident security seals. The integrity of these seals should be maintained at all times, and only breached under controlled, explained circumstances.

Ballot Box Access The ImageCast scanner has one ballot box with separate sections, one which receives ballots containing write-in votes. Each ballot box should be inspected by poll workers at the beginning of voting to make sure that they are empty. These ballot boxes should be locked and/or be sealed with tamper-evident tape and appropriate entries made in chain of custody logs.

Memory Cards are Sensitive Corrupt memory cards may introduce viruses, cause the scanner of main election server to crash, cause other problems that can result in incorrect vote tallies. Access to the memory card should be controlled, monitored and logged at all times. Tamper evident seals should cover access to memory cards and other ports, with entries recording the seal numbers made in chain of custody logs whenever seals are removed or reattached.

Correct Inks for Marking Ballots Some Optical Scan systems have trouble reading red inks or inks with red in them. Voters should only use the writing instrument provided at the polling place.