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Voting Equipment


ImageCast Evolution (ICE)


Okeechobee County received new voting equipment in 2017.

The ImageCast Evolution (ICE) voting system allows us to use the same paper ballot method as we are accustomed in Okeechobee County. The new ICE Unit with Dual Display is the only optical scan tabulator using a single paper path that does not require ADA voters to cast their ballots on a separate device. With the audio/visual ballot marking capabilities and optical scanning built in to one unit, the ICE Unit with dual display is truly a private and independent voting experience for all voters.

The voter places their voted ballot into the ICE Unit at the polling place or early voting site. If the voter has voted for more than one candidate in a race where only one vote is allowed, the tabulator will reject the ballot and allow the voter the chance to mark another ballot; the ICE Unit will also reject a completely blank ballot.

The ballot is designed with ovals printed to the left of each candidate's name or issue. The voter should completely fill in the oval to ensure their vote will count. Voters should not mark their ballot with an X or a check mark. The ICE Unit may not recognize these marks.

At the polling place or early voting site a special pen is provided for marking the ballot. However, the ICE Unit will also allow a black or blue pen to be used when voting by mail (absentee).

If you make a mistake on your ballot, please do not erase or use white out. If you are voting at your polling place, just ask for another ballot. The spoiled ballot will be sealed in an envelope and a replacement will be issued. If you are voting by mail (absentee) and you make a mistake, just call the Election Office at (863)763-4014. Voters are allowed up to 2 replacement ballots. IMPORTANT: ONLY ONE (1) BALLOT WILL BE COUNTED.

ImageCast Evolution (ICE)


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ImageCast Evolution with Dual Display


The ICE Unit with dual display is equipped with a hand-held controller called an Audio Tactile Interface (ATI).  This additional piece of equipment provides the opportunity for voters with low vision, voters who are blind or voters who are otherwise unable to cast a paper ballot without assistance to vote independently. 

The accessible voting session and ATI have many features:

  The voter may choose to magnify the screen, increasing the size of the ballot
text; they may then make their choice by
 using the ATI.
   
  The voter may choose to listen to the ballot through a headset and vote with the
assistance of the ATI.
   
  The voter may increase or decrease the volume and the voter has the ability to
control the speed at which the audio ballot is being read by pressing a button on
the ATI.
   
  All ballot choices can be reviewed and confirmed by the voter prior to casting their
ballot.
   
If you need to use the disability accessible equipment, please notify the election worker.


  

   ICE Unit with Dual Display 
                                         
 

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To learn more about our equipment or to request a demonstration, please contact our office at (863)763-4014.






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