Minnesota voters always cast their vote on paper ballots, but special equipment is often used to count ballots, mark ballots, sign in, and register voters. Benton County uses equipment made by Election Systems & Software (ES&S), KNOWiNK, and Democracy Live.
Once a county has adopted the use of an electronic voting system in one or more precincts, the county must continue to use an electronic voting system for state elections in those precincts. Minnesota Statute 206.58 subd. 3 amended by Chapter 62, Article 4, Section 113
All ballot tabulators used in Minnesota are optical scan, so they “read” the ballot and record a vote for each candidate that has their target (usually an oval) filled in on the ballot. Benton County currently uses the ES&S DS200 to tabulate ballots at the polling place on election day. The ES&S DS450 is used at the Auditor-Treasurer's office to tabulate absentee and mail ballots. This equipment does not contain a modem and is never connected to the internet.
ELECTION SYSTEMS AND SOFTWARE (ES&S DS450):
KNOWiNK Poll Pad
ASSISTIVE VOTING EQUIPMENT :
DEMOCRACY LIVE OMNIBALLOT TABLET