The system was chosen by Commissioners Court after identifying the desire of many voters to return to hand-marked ballots as opposed to touch-screen electronic devices or electronic ballot-marking devices.
Prior to ballot-on-demand, if a county used paper ballots, they had to pre-print ballots in sufficient number to ensure they didn’t run out of ballots. Since a voter can vote anywhere during early voting, each ballot style had to be available in every early voting location. As an example, if a voter lives in Pilot Point but works in Carrollton and decided to stop at a Carrollton polling site during early voting, their Pilot Point ballot had to be available in Carrollton. This meant that you had to print more ballots than you had voters. This was a very costly expense that resulted in a lot of waste and un-voted ballots that had to be stored post-election for 22 months. With the advent of ballot-on-demand it meant that we only have to print the ballots that are actually used, thereby eliminating that costly waste.
Additionally, the Interim Executive Director of the EAC had the following to say about the matter to the Texas Secretary of State’s Director of Elections:
- EAC lab accreditation cannot be removed without a vote of the Commissioners. Pro V&V’s accreditation was never removed by the Commissioners.
- EAC lab accreditation certificates posted to the EAC’s website previously contained an expiration date in error and this is the origin of the idea that a lab’s accreditation could expire. This has been rectified on the current certificates posted to our site; they no longer contain an expiration date.
- The EAC determines whether a system receives our certification, not a test lab.
- States determine whether systems are certified in their state, not the EAC or a test lab.
When equipment is to be used in an election, we perform 4 Logic and Accuracy tests. This is done by marking test ballots in a manner that allows votes for each candidate, race/measure, district, over-votes, under-votes and provisional votes. Once we mark the test ballots, we know what results we should expect from the tabulation of those votes.
The test is first performed by elections staff after completing/finalizing the ballot design of the election. The second test is the public test (open to the public). The third test is conducted on Election Day before any live ballots are tabulated. The fourth test is conducted after all live ballots have been tabulated. These tests tell us that the system is performing as it is supposed to and tabulating correctly. The system must pass all four of these tests.
We also have recounts requested by candidates where we have to hand recount their entire election. These recounts have time and again proven the accuracy of our voting system.