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Voting Systems in Johnson County

By vote of the people, Johnson County, Kansas has been a voting machine county since 1968, when lever machines were deployed to all voting locations. In 1988, our county became one of the first in the nation to deploy direct record electronic (DRE) voting machines. In spring 2002, Johnson County was again one of the first counties in the nation to deploy touch screen voting machines to all voting locations. We have developed systematic procedures to assure the security and accountability of elections in Johnson County.

Johnson County's voting machines are AccuVote-TSx touch screens and are used at advance voting locations and polling places. Votes are tabulated by the GEMS software of Premier Election Systems.

The AccuVote-TSx touch screen voting machines and GEMS tabulation software are certified for use in the State of Kansas by the Secretary of State. Kansas complies with the Federal Election Commission's Voting Systems Standards.

The voting machines were used in Johnson County for the first time in 2002.

The public is always welcome to visit the Election Office for a hands-on demonstration of the voting machines. Just be sure to telephone (913) 782-3441 first to be sure that the demonstration equipment is not already reserved.

Internal Operations

The Johnson County Election Office is staffed by 16 sworn election professionals who adhere to The Election Center's Code of Ethics, which was adopted by our office in 1997. Our office building, located at 2101 E. Kansas City Road in Olathe, has controlled access and is secured through an alarm system with a numbered lock and password-protected entrance keypad.

Security Procedures

Accountability of Election Setup, Operation and Tabulation

The Johnson County Election Office may use only voting systems, equipment and software certified through the Kansas Secretary of State's Office. The State requires that equipment be certified by the Federal Election Commission (FEC) Voting Systems Standards program. A voting system must pass three levels of tests before it can be used in Kansas - Federal Qualification Tests, State Certification Tests, and local Acceptance Tests. Our policy is to receive software updates directly from the Independent Testing Authority that certifies the software. Each polling place in our county is staffed by sworn election workers, who have attended a mandatory three-hour training session during each election cycle. The election results cartridges, again secured in a numbered, sealed pouch, are hand-carried by election judges to the Election Office, where the votes are tabulated.

Comments from our Voters

"The voting computers are simple and easy to use. I like them."

"Good use of taxpayer's money."

"After voting in five states in the last 15 years, it is undoubtedly the easiest system I have used."

"Finally, you feel as if you are in control of your ONE vote!"

"Thanks for becoming a part of the 21st Century."

"This is an example of government at its best - serving the people! To my knowledge, the great range of options available for voting here in Johnson County is another reason Johnson County is one of the best places to live. Thank you for your excellent service to the people, who are the reason our government exists."


Last Updated: June 25, 2010 10:22 AM


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