Dominion Voting Systems

ImageCast X

Make / Model: Dominion ImageCast X
Equipment Type: Ballot Marking Device (BMD) or Direct Recording Electronic (DRE)

Overview

Dominion Voting Systems ImageCast X is a voting device with a touchscreen display. It can be deployed as either a ballot marking device (without tabulation capabilities), or as a Direct Recording Electronic Device (DRE).

By a wide margin, the ImageCast X is most commonly deployed as a ballot marking device, with an attached commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) laser printer. ImageCast X can be used as an accessible voting device in jurisdictions that use hand-marked paper ballots for the general voting population; or ImageCast X can be used in jurisdictions that prefer voting with a paper trail, but who want to implement a fully-electronic voting experience for all voters, as an alternative to hand-marked paper ballots.

Whether ImageCast X is deployed as a marking device only, or as a DRE device with additional vote storage capabilities, these configurations are not interchangeable; jurisdictions typically choose to deploy their preferred configuration, and it does not change.

In both ballot marking and DRE configurations, to begin the voting process, voters insert a “voter activation card,” which is configured with a voter’s ballot style during the voter check-in process; after the activation card is inserted, the ImageCast X automatically displays the proper version of an electronic ballot. The ImageCast X device allows voters to mark choices on the touchscreen display. After voters are finished marking all their preferred choices, the device presents a “review page” that allows voters to double-check their choices on their ballot. (And if voters skip any contests, the screen indicates “Under_vote.”)

In all versions of ImageCast X, the device can be configured with additional accessible features for voters with disabilities. ImageCast X supports accessible voting through an optional tethered Audio-Tactile Interface (ATI), which is a “game controller” style console that includes tactile navigation buttons. The ATI can also support headphones for voters who are blind or visually impaired, or paddles or sip-and-puff devices for voters with dexterity impairments.

Depending on how jurisdictions choose to configure the ImageCast X, after voters have had the opportunity to review all choices on the summary page, the method of casting the ballot differs. Those two methods are described below.

ImageCast X Configuration #1 – Ballot Marking Device Only

When configured exclusively as a ballot marking device (which is how most jurisdictions deploy it), ImageCast X does not have scanning or tabulating capabilities. Accordingly, after reviewing choices on the summary page, the voter selects when to print a paper record of their choices. The paper record lists voters’ choice(s) in each contest (rather than all options, like a traditional format ballot), and ImageCast X encodes the voter choices in a non-human readable QR code.

To cast the vote, the voter must insert the paper record into a separate scanning tabulator. The scanner most commonly used with ImageCast X is the ImageCast Precinct.

Dominion tabulators for the ICX paper records always count votes by reading the computerized QR code, not the human-readable text that the voter sees.

ImageCast X Configuration #2 – Direct Recording Electronic Device

Although most jurisdictions deploy ImageCast X as a marking device only, Dominion offers an additional configuration option: at the time of purchase, customers can elect to use ImageCast X as a DRE device, with or without an optional voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT); either way, no separate scanner is needed in this configuration, because ImageCast X will record voter choices directly into the voting system’s memory.

Voting Process

  • After you check in, a poll worker will direct you to a voting station and set you up with a ballot marking device.
  • Make your selections by touching the screen. Press the box next to the candidate or response.
  • You can use the NEXT and BACK buttons at the bottom of the screen to switch between contests.

 

 

 

  • At any time while you are voting, you can review your selections by pressing the REVIEW button at the bottom of the screen.
  • 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. You may select fewer than the maximum number of candidates.
  • To make a change, touch the candidate or response you want to change. This will take you to a screen where you can change your selection.

 

 

If using the ImageCast X as a Ballot Marking Device:

  • If you are satisfied with your selections, touch PRINT BALLOT on the screen.
  • When there is paper in the printer, your ballot will print automatically.
  • Confirm your selections on the printed ballot.
  • If you want to make a change after the ballot is printed, you will need help from a poll worker to start over. Give your spoiled ballot to the poll worker.

 

 

  • Take your printed 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.

 

 

 

 

If using the ImageCast X as a Direct Record Electronic (DRE) system with VVPAT

  • If you are satisfied with your selections, touch “Print Ballot for Review:” A paper record of your ballot will print for your review.
  • When there is paper in the printer, your ballot will print automatically.
  • Confirm your selections on the printed ballot.
  • If after reviewing the printed record you want to change your votes, touch “Make Changes:” You will go back to the”REVIEW” screen to make changes.
  • When satisfied with your selections you may touch ”Cast Ballot to Record Vote:” You will be finished voting and NO changes can be made after casting your ballot.

Videos

Dominion ImageCast X BMD voting instruction video from San Diego County CA

Dominion ImageCast X as BMD voting instruction video

Dominion ImageCast X DRE with VVPAT voting instruction video

Dominion ImageCast X as DRE pollworker instruction video from Clark County NV

Dominion ImageCast X as BMD usage in November 2020 (click for details)

Dominion ImageCast X as DRE usage in November 2020 (click on map for details)

Manufacturer Profile

1201 18th Street, Suite 210
Denver, Colorado 80303

dominionvoting.com

Dominion Voting Solutions was founded in 2002 in Toronto, Canada by John Poulos and James Hoover. Dominion Voting Systems purchased Premier Election Solutions from Election Systems and Software in May, 2010 and Sequoia Voting Systems in June, 2010. After these acquisitions the company relocated to Denver. Sequoia and Premier voting equipment is found under the original manufacturer.