“Prepared in Mind and Resources”
— More Than a State Motto
The Palmetto State provides voters with an enhanced, resilient and dependable voting system for years to come.
A paper record of every ballot cast has become the gold standard for elections across the U.S. South Carolina was one of a few states across the nation voting on systems that did not produce a paper trail.
Almost every Tuesday, there is an election being held somewhere in South Carolina. Up until the state decided to upgrade its equipment, South Carolinians had been voting on touch screens for 15 years. The state recognized paper ballots add an important layer of security to the election process and gives their more than 3 million registered voters across 46 counties more confidence in the accuracy of the state’s elections.
- Previous system was nearing the end of its useful life
- Moving to a comprehensive paper-based audit process
- An evaluation panel from the State Election Commission considered a total of seven proposals, including both hand-marked and ballot-marking systems from three voting system providers.
- During the process, the panel consulted with nearly 20 experts in cybersecurity, voter accessibility and election administration.
- It was important to panel members that the company they selected would be around for a long time and had proven ability to support and implement a statewide system.
- After independent scoring and deliberation, the panel unanimously selected ES&S.
South Carolina’s original plan was to work with ES&S to complete the implementation, training, etc., and have their first use of the new equipment in the state’s February 2020 presidential primary. Implementation and training went so well; the state opted to use the machines four months ahead of schedule. Two South Carolina counties held successful first-use elections in October 2019, and 40 counties held equally successful elections with their new equipment in November 2019.
“We went above and beyond for South Carolina in providing stellar customer service. In such large implementations, there are a lot of questions with a lot of moving parts. With the help of our partner, Printelect, we were able to be incredibly nimble and serve the state quickly and effectively.” – ES&S Account Manager, Cara Florence
- In half the time planned, South Carolina deployed nearly 14,000 ExpressVote voting machines and more than 2,400 DS200 ballot scanner and vote tabulation machines, as well as central count machines and Electionware election management software.
- Counties reported a smooth Election Day set up and close for poll workers.
- Voters were excited about the new machines and the opportunity to review their paper ballot.
- Election Day proved to be a simple transition for voters. Voters had no problem adapting to the new machines and thought the new process was very simple.