Voting equipment in Minneapolis


When you vote in Minneapolis, you receive a paper ballot to mark your choices by filling in the oval next to each of your selections. Once your ballot is complete, it is inserted into a tabulator for counting. In Minneapolis, as in all of Hennepin County, the DS200 precinct scanner and tabulator is used in each polling place. This equipment is an optical scan tabulator from Election Systems and Software (ES&S).

At the polling place, the DS200 offers a large screen displaying information to let you know your ballot has been accepted or indicating any issues with the ballot to allow an opportunity to return the ballot to make any changes or corrections.

When the polls are closed, all votes are then tallied by the ballot counter to produce initial precinct election results. The use of paper ballots produces the paper trail necessary to allow for a precise audit of the election, or any recounts necessary.

Assistive Voting Technology

All voters receive the same paper ballot whether they will vote using an ink pen or by using the assistive voting technology ballot-marking device, the AutoMARK. The ballot marking device allows voters with disabilities (including vision impairment or difficulty using a pen) to vote privately and independently. Voters may use the AutoMARK ballot marking device to record their votes using its touch screen, touch pad, or a sip/puff tube.

The AutoMARK ballot marking device gives voters the opportunity to review the votes selected, marks the approved votes on the paper ballot, and then returns the marked ballot to the voter. Voters then insert their voted ballot into the DS200 precinct scanner and tabulator used by all voters in the precinct.

Minneapolis 311
Can Help

Contact Minneapolis 311 Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., weekends 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. for election and other city information. From outside city limits, dial 612-673-3000.