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County Voting Systems

September 21, 2017 Voting System Certification Event Agenda

July 12, 2017 Voting System Application

Voting System and Component Certification Application

Voting Systems and Components Certified for Use in Montana

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 Model 650, Model 100

(hand count for 2017 Special Election)

Big Horn ES&S DS 850
Blaine ES&S Model 100

(hand count for 2017 Special Election)

Broadwater ES&S Model 100
Carbon ES&S Model 100
Carter Hand-count paper ballots
Cascade ES&S DS 850, DS 200
Chouteau ES&S Model 100
Custer ES&S Model 100
Daniels Hand-count paper ballots
Dawson ES&S Model 100

(hand count for 2017 Special Election)

Deer Lodge ES&S Model 650
Fallon Hand-count paper ballots
Fergus ES&S Model 650
Flathead ES&S DS 850, Model 650, Model 100
Gallatin ES&S DS 850, Model 650, Model 100
Garfield Hand-count paper ballots
Glacier ES&S DS 850

(hand count for 2017 Special Election)

Golden Valley Hand-count paper ballots
Granite ES&S DS 200

(hand count for 2017 Special Election)

ES&S Model 650
Jefferson ES&S Model 650
Judith Basin ES&S Model 100

(hand count for 2017 Special Election)

ES&S Model 650, Model 100
Lewis & Clark ES&S DS 850
Liberty ES&S Model 100
Lincoln ES&S Model 650
Madison ES&S Model 650

(hand count for 2017 Special Election)

McCone Hand-count paper ballots
Meagher Hand-count paper ballots
Mineral ES&S DS 200, Model 100

(hand count for 2017 Special Election)

Missoula ES&S DS 850, Model 100
Musselshell ES&S Model 100
ES&S Model 100
Petroleum ES&S Model 100
Phillips ES&S Model 100

(hand count for 2017 Special Election)

Pondera ES&S DS 200
Powder River Hand-count paper ballots
Powell ES&S Model 650
Prairie Hand-count paper ballots
Ravalli ES&S DS 850
Richland ES&S Model 100
Roosevelt ES&S DS 200
Rosebud ES&S Model 100
Sanders ES&S DS 850
Sheridan ES&S Model 100
Silver Bow ES&S Model 100
Stillwater ES&S Model 100
Sweet Grass Hand-count paper ballots
Teton ES&S DS 200, Model 100
Toole ES&S DS200

(hand count for 2017 Special Election)

Treasure Hand-count paper ballots
Valley ES&S DS 200

(hand count for 2017 Special Election)

Wheatland Hand-count paper ballots
Wibaux ES&S Model 100

(hand count for 2017 Special Election)

Yellowstone ES&S DS 850