Dear Tarrant County Voter:
After an extensive research effort, in 2001, Tarrant County selected the Hart Voting System to meet the impending changes in federal election law, and new voting system requirements, now required by the 2002 federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA). This law also appropriated funds to assist with the purchase of new systems.
In the Primary Elections in March 2006, the Hart Voting System replaced our previous optical scan system used on election day. The new voting system has two components: the eScan™ for paper ballots and the eSlate® for accessible electronic voting. Both are available at each election day polling place, so you may choose either system. During Early Voting, however, only the eSlate electronic voting system is used, as has been our practice since 2001.
I want to take this opportunity to share some facts with you about the Hart Voting System and to provide simple instructions on this website that will show you how to use the system.
Our system is secure. From the generation of the ballot by our office to the tabulation of votes at our centralized counting center, security measures are in place to ensure no unauthorized individual has access to the system. Neither the vote tabulation program nor any other component of the Hart Voting System is ever connected to the Internet or an external network.
Our system is accurate. The Hart Voting System’s eSlate uses a state-of-the-art optical encoder, called the SELECT wheel to navigate through the ballot. This technology provides 100% positional accuracy at all times. The eScan uses digital scanning technology that is state-of-the-art imaging that captures your ballot selections.
Our system is accessible. The eSlate meets all state and federal accessibility requirements, so that people with disabilities - including those who are blind, mobility impaired, or have limited-upper body dexterity or strength - can vote privately and independently.
Our system is easy to use. Whether voting on a paper ballot using the eScan or voting on the accessible eSlate, a review of the system on this website will show how simple each is to use. And both the eScan and the eSlate will allow you to review and change your vote before casting it.
Our system is truly bilingual. As required by federal law, all paper ballots will be printed in both English and Spanish. Voters who vote on the eSlate will be able to select a Spanish or English ballot. Both languages will also be available for those listening to the ballot using headphones.
If you want to see how to use the eSlate and eScan, please be sure to try the demo videos and slideshows on this web page.
Lastly, if you have concerns about electronic voting systems, I invite you to read our security document that provides greater detail about Tarrant County's voting systems and the security measures we take to ensure the integrity of the electoral process.
As always, if you have questions about our voting systems or would like to find out more about becoming a poll worker, please call the Elections office at 817-831-VOTE (8683).
Tarrant County Elections Administrator