Clear Ballot -ClearCast is a ballot scanning device. It is used to support polling locations with voters who hand-mark paper ballots (typically distributed at the polling place check-in station) and who then hand-feed the paper ballots into the scanner, in order to cast the ballot. Ballots can be inserted into ClearCast in multiple orientations: face up, face down, header first, or footer first. The device simultaneously scans the front and back of a paper ballot, interprets voter marks, and communicates any issues that require the voter’s attention back to the voter through an LCD display. For example, if the voter has marked too many choices in a race, the display lets the voter know this and offers the option to return the ballot for correction, or to cast the ballot. ClearCast can also be configured to return ballots with too few choices, or entirely blank ballots.
Because ClearCast device is a scanning device only, and does not have features that support marking choices on ballots, features that may be helpful to voters with disabilities are limited; ClearCast is not marketed as an “accessible voting device,” and it does not have an audio-tactile controller, for example.
After voters insert their marked paper ballots into the ClearCast device, they will have a chance to review any potential mismarks that require attention. When voters cast ballots, the ClearCast scanner pulls the ballot through a motorized feed and deposits the ballots into an attached ballot bag. The ClearCast device has tabulating capabilities, and when the polls close, ClearCast can print out the race results and other information on a paper tape (if configured to do so).
- After you check in, a poll worker will hand you a ballot.
- Take your ballot to a ballot marking station, where you will mark your ballot privately.
- Completely fill in the oval next to each of your selections on the ballot.
- Complete the front and back of all pages of the ballot.
- Check that you have voted all the contests you want to vote and confirm your selections. You do not have to vote every contest.
- Check the maximum number of candidates you are allowed to select for each office. Do not select more than the maximum number of candidates for each office. However, you may select fewer than the maximum number of candidates.
- If you need to change a selection after you mark the ballot, ask a poll worker for a new ballot. Do not scan the ballot you want to change. Do not try to correct the ballot. Instead, give your spoiled ballot to the poll worker and make your selections again on the new ballot.
- Take your completed ballot to the ballot scanner and insert it into the scanner. A poll worker may be nearby to help you.
- If you see a message saying the ballot was NOT successfully cast, you may need to review your ballot again. If you do not understand the message on the screen, ask for help from a poll worker.
- Your ballot is cast when you see a confirmation screen on the scanner.
Clear Ballot ClearCast Demonstration Video
ClearCast Demonstration for Pennsylvania’s Dauphin and Perry Counties
ClearVote 1.5 Certification, Pennsylvania Department of the Commonwealth (2019)
ClearVote 1.4 Final Test Report, Election Assistance Commission (2018)
Report of the Washington Secretary of State on the Examination of Clear Ballot Group ClearVote 1.4.2 Voting System (2018)
Clear Ballot Response to EFI for the State of Georgia [redacted] (2018)
Report of the Washington Secretary of State on the Examination of Clear Ballot Group ClearVote 1.3.3 Voting System (2017)#
Clear Ballot Petition for Approval of Electronic Voting System ClearVote 1.4, Wisconsin Elections Commission (2017)
Report of the Washington Secretary of State on the Examination of Clear Ballot Group ClearVote 1.3 Voting System (2016)
San Francisco RFI for Election Systems: Clear Ballot (2015)
ClearVote 1.0 Voting System State of Colorado Certification Testing (2015)
Colorado Clear Audit System Accuracy and Mark Sensitivity Testing (2014)
Clear Ballot Group was founded in 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. Clear Ballot’s leadership team includes LArry Moore, formerly vice president of Lotus Development, Tim Halvorsen, co-founder of Iris Associates Inc. and Tab Iredale, formerly of Global Election Systems, Diebold Election Systems and Election Systems & Software.