Montana Secretary of State

County Voting Systems

August 27, 2019 Voting System Application

Voting System and Component Certification Application

Voting Systems and Components Certified for Use in Montana

September 21, 2017 Voting System Certification Event Agenda
July 12, 2017 Voting System Application

Montana’s paper ballots may be counted in two ways: hand count or with paper ballot optical or digital scan tabulators.  Either way ALL Montanans vote on a paper ballot.  Following is a list of the voting systems being used, by county.

Paper ballot tabulators

Model 650 (optical scan), DS850 (digital scan), and DS450 (digital scan) are central count tabulators; Model 100 (optical scan) and DS200 (digital scan) are precinct-level tabulators.  Tabulators are not connected to the Internet.

Counties conduct a public test of tabulators before each primary and general election. Additionally, a random test is conducted on election day.  A Post-Election Audit is conducted by each county that uses tabulators after federal elections. The post-election audit consists of a hand-count of randomly selected contests and precincts.

See the table below to view which method of paper ballot tabulation is used in each county.

County Ballot Tabulation Method(s)
Beaverhead ES&S DS450
Big Horn ES&S DS850
Blaine ES&S DS450
Broadwater ES&S Model 100
Carbon ES&S DS200
Carter ES&S DS200
Cascade ES&S DS850
Chouteau ES&S DS200
Custer ES&S DS200
Daniels Hand Count Paper Ballots
Dawson ES&S DS200
Deer Lodge ES&S DS450
Fallon Hand Count Paper Ballots
Fergus ES&S Model 450
Flathead ES&S DS850
Gallatin ES&S DS850
Garfield Hand Count Paper Ballots
Glacier ES&S DS200
Golden Valley Hand Count Paper Ballots
Granite ES&S DS450
Hill ES&S DS450
Jefferson ES&S DS450
Judith Basin ES&S DS200
Lake ES&S DS450
Lewis and Clark ES&S DS850
Liberty ES&S DS200
Lincoln ES&S DS450
Madison ES&S DS450
McCone Hand Count Paper Ballots
Meagher Hand Count Paper Ballots
Mineral ES&S DS200
Missoula ES&S DS850
Musselshell ES&S DS200
Park ES&S DS450
Petroleum ES&S DS200
Phillips ES&S DS200
Pondera ES&S DS200
Powder River Hand Count Paper Ballots
Powell ES&S DS450
Prairie Hand Count Paper Ballots
Ravalli ES&S DS850
Richland ES&S DS450
Roosevelt ES&S DS450
Rosebud ES&S DS200
Sanders ES&S DS850
Sheridan ES&S DS200
Silver Bow ES&S DS850/DS450
Stillwater ES&S Model 100
Sweet Grass ES&S DS200
Teton ES&S DS200
Toole ES&S DS200
Treasure Hand Count Paper Ballots
Valley ES&S DS200
Wheatland Hand Count Paper Ballots
Wibaux ES&S DS200
Yellowstone ES&S DS850

 

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