New York State Voter Information on The DS200 Precinct Ballot Scanner

The DS200 Ballot Scanner system is a portable electronic voting system that uses an optical scanner to read marked paper ballots and tally the results.  This system allows for paper ballots to be immediately tabulated at your polling site.  It also notifies you of any voting errors.  You will be able to immediately correct these errors to ensure that Your Vote Counts! 

Using a Paper Ballot

Paper Ballot Completion Demonstration

Your county has selected the DS200 ballot Scanner to read and tabulate your ballot.  Here is the general process used for completing your paper ballot before scanning it.

DS200 ballot scanner machine

After checking in at your polling site, an Inspector provides you with a paper ballot and a privacy sleeve.

The privacy sleeve is used to shield your completed ballot from view.


You also receive a special marking pen to use to complete your ballot. Make sure you only use this pen when filling out your ballot. The ballot scanner may not correctly register your vote choices made with any other type of marking device. 

ballot marking pan

You will be directed to a booth or area where you can complete your ballot in privacy. 

If you haven’t voted before with a paper ballot, make sure to ask the inspector for a demonstration. 

Our inspectors are trained to show you how to fill in the ballot and process it on the scanner and are always happy to help. 


The paper ballot has voting instructions, office titles, candidates, and/or issues for this election printed on both sides.

paper ballot on table

Make sure to mark every contest by completely filling in the oval to the upper right of the name of the candidate or issue of your choice.

close up of paper ballot oval being marked

Do not use an 'X' or other notation."

The marking pen is not erasable, so don’t try to erase or cross out a choice after it has been made.

Do not make stray marks on the ballot.


You should also avoid rolling or folding the ballot.

voter holding rolled up ballot

If you make a mistake or damage the ballot, return it to the Inspector for a replacement. Be aware that a limited number of replacement ballots is allowed.


You can also include write-in candidates.  Fill in the oval next to the words “WRITE-IN” and write the candidate’s name on the line. 

ballot with write in candidate filled in

After voting, insert the ballot into the privacy sleeve.  The Inspector will direct you to the DS200 Ballot Scanner.

person assisting voter with ballot privacy sleeve person assisting voter in wheelchair

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Scanning Instructions

Paper Ballot Scanning Instruction

Once your ballot is completed, it is time to scan it. 

Scanning your ballot in the DS200 is easy.  But, remember, if you need assistance; don’t hesitate to ask your helpful inspector. 

DS200 ballot scanner machine

Many elections provide on-screen messages in multiple languages. In this case, select the language of your choice by touching the corresponding button on the display screen.

screen of Ds200 machine ready for voter

The ballot may be inserted into the ballot slot in any orientation. 


If you have any questions regarding your ballot, please ask an Inspector for clarification before inserting your ballot into the DS200.

voter with ballot at check in table

After inserting your ballot, check the display screen to see if there are any error messages.

voter and inspector at DS200

If the ballot message is Blank Ballot or Over Voted Ballot, press Don’t Cast — Return on the touch screen to get the ballot back to make changes.

blank ballot screen

If you’d like to submit your ballot as-is, select Cast Ballot on the touch screen.

screen of cast ballot button being selected

If the ballot is damaged and not accepted by the scanner, return it to the Inspector for replacement.

Use damaged ballot graphic

To complete the process and cast your ballot, press the Cast Ballot button.

screen of cast ballot button

The display screen notifies you when your ballot has been cast successfully.

screen of thank you message

Your ballot is stored in the secure ballot box.


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