Accessible Voting

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) addresses improvements to voting systems and voter access. One main requirements is that every polling location in Virginia must be equipped with at least one accessible voting system.

The ExpressVote Universal Voting System is available at each polling place to assist voters with disabilities to vote in the same private and independent manner as a voter without a disability.

The ExpressVote Universal Voting System does not store votes. It uses touch-screen technology that produces a paper record which can then be taken to the DS200 Optical Scanner to scan and cast the vote.

Accessible Voting Options

Voting Equipment

The Chesterfield Registrar’s Office uses the ES&S DS200 Optical Scanner Voting System and ExpressVote Voting System.

ES&S DS200 Optical Scanner 

Voting Instructions

  • Use the marking device in the voting booth to blacken the oval next to the candidate of your choice.
  • Fill in the oval and stay within the lines of the oval.
  • To vote for a person not on the ballot, completely fill in the oval to the left of the "Write-in" line provided. Write the name of the person in the space provided.

Note: Write-in votes are not allowed in a primary election.

Once you have marked the ballot:

  • Turn the ballot face-down for privacy or place the ballot in a privacy folder (available upon request).
  • Take it to the DS200 Optical Scanner.
  • Insert the ballot face down into the DS200 Optical Scanner for privacy (though the scanner will read the ballot in any configuration lengthwise).
  • Your vote has been cast.

ES&S Express Vote 

Voting Instructions

  • Insert a blank paper ballot card the voting system. This is the ballot.
  • Use the touchscreen display or the movable keypad equipped with braille and printed text labels provided to make candidate selections.
  • Use headphones to listen to a recorded list of instructions and candidates for each contest.
  • Once selections are final, the voting system marks the ballot.
  •  Take the marked ballot to the DS200 Optical Scanner.
  • Insert the ballot face down into the Optical Scanner for privacy.
  • Your vote has been cast.

If you change your mind or make a mistake on the ballot at any time before the ballot is inserted into the DS200 Optical Scanner, please let an election official know. The ballot you do not want to cast will be spoiled and you will be issued another ballot.