Dominion Democracy Suite Voting System

Democracy Suite enables new options for accessible voting.

The ballot marking tablet accommodates voters with visual impairments by presenting the ballot in audio format during an accessible voting session. Headsets provide voters with audio instructions to perform all actions, such as selecting language, adjusting volume and speed of ballot, and reviewing, editing or changing a write-in selection.

An Audio Tactile Interface (ATI), a handheld device that is used by a voter during an Accessible Voting Session, is used to navigate though and make selections to their ballot.

The ATI:

  • Has raised buttons of different shapes and colors, with Braille numbers and letters
  • Can be operated with one hand
  • Includes two 3.5 mm headphone jacks, one for headphones and one for assistive devices like jelly switches, paddles or sip and puff devices

The new voting booths are designed for accessibility. The ballot marking tablet screen can be tilted to support viewing from either a standing or seated position.

Curbside Voting

To facilitate curbside voting, each Vote Center will have an informational sign with a wireless bell, which can be activated with a tap or light touch from a vehicle’s window. The VCRs will hear the bell and provide a sanitized clipboard and pen with a check-in form for the voter(s). A voter may ask to provide the information verbally to the VCR to fill-in the check-in form.

Depending on the voter’s preference and registration status, two people (either two staff or one staff member and the voter’s assistant) will:

  1. Create a Vote by Mail packet-to-go for the voter, which can be mailed, dropped off at an outdoor Drop Box or brought back to any Vote Center.
  2. Bring a paper ballot to the voter inside a secrecy folder and, after the voter has marked their ballot, the team assisting will deposit the voted ballot in a ballot box.
  • If voter asks to see their ballot deposited directly into the ballot box, the Vote Center Lead will send two staff to bring out a sealed ballot box to the car.

At our 30-Day, 11-Day Vote Centers, the Foster City and Menlo Park 4-Day Vote Centers, if a voter requires a ballot marking tablet to vote independently, two people (either two staff or one staff member and the voter’s assistant) can bring a curbside cart with a ballot marking tablet and printer out to their vehicle. The ballot will be cast following the return instructions above.