Montgomery County has a new voter-marked paper ballot system with a verifiable paper trail.
The new system replaced the electronic push-button voting machines the County purchased in 1996 which were nearing the end of their useful life. The old machines also did not meet the state mandate for counties to have a voting system with a verifiable paper trail in place for the 2020 Presidential election.
With the new system, most voters will use a pen to fill out a ballot and have an opportunity to check it for accuracy before submitting it to a scanner that tabulates the votes and keeps the ballot in a secure container for audits or recounts.
Each polling place will also have a fully ADA compliant touchscreen ballot marking device that can be used to select candidates. Any voter can use this device. When the voter is done filling out the ballot, they can review their selections and print out their completed paper ballot. The voter will then submit their ballot into the scanner for tabulation the same as the ballots filled out by hand.
The County has collected extensive feedback during and after the election, which will be used to enhance the voting experience for voters and poll workers. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we have received. We will continue to update this space as we gather additional feedback.