Voter Information


Information on voting equipment


hat is an eSlate?

The eSlate™, provided by Hart InterCivic, is the voting system that has been in place since the 2006 General Primary.

eSlate™ is direct recording equipment (DRE) - meaning it is an electronic device that directly records information.

eSlate™ itself is very similar to a large handheld computer device. The voter uses a rotary wheel to navigate through the ballot and select their vote. This rotary interface was chosen because it is more accurate and durable than touch-screen systems.

Why use an eSlate?

In 2003, Kane County selected a team to explore new alternatives to punch card voting. A request for proposal was issued and sent to many vendors. After the bids were received and reviewed, the Kane County Board determined that eSlate™, provided by Hart InterCivic was the best choice for Kane County. This decision was based on overall cost, security, ease of use by the voter, and compliance with Federal and State law.

eSlate™ has been proven secure, accurate, and durable. All voters will find it easy to use as well as cost and time efficient.

How to use the eSlate

The process for voting hasn't changed, just the device you are using to vote. When you go to the polls, you will still show your ID and sign next to your name on the voter's sign-in log as always. Once you have signed, instead of receiving your punch card, you will receive a piece of paper with a four digit number on it. You then take the piece of paper with you to any one of the voting booths. You will then enter the four digit number into the eSlate™, the correct ballot will appear, and you will then vote the ballot. (How to vote is shown in the videos below.)

Use the link provided to watch a video showing how the system works:

If you are unable to properly view the videos below, right-click on the link, click on Save Target As, save the file on your computer, and when it's finished downloading, open the file on your computer. 

Video on how to use the eSlate