On April 30, 2019, the Williamson County Commissioner’s Court approved the purchase of a new voting system for Williamson County from Election Systems & Software (ES&S). The new voting system includes ExpressVote ballot marking devices and DS200 digital scan precinct tabulators to be available at every Williamson County polling location, as well as DS850 central high-speed digital scanners and tabulators to be used at Central Count to tabulate ballots received by mail. The new voting system will be put into use for the first time in October 2019 during Early Voting for the November 5, 2019 uniform election.
With the new voting system, voters will receive a blank ballot at check-in to insert into the ExpressVote ballot marking device and make their selections. After reviewing their selections on the screen, voters will print the ballot. Once voters have reviewed the selections printed on the ballot, they will insert the ballot into the DS200 digital scanner for tabulation. This hybrid system allows for the convenience and accuracy of electronic voting, as well as the security of an auditable paper ballot that can be used for manual recounts.