News & Press Releases

Voting System Approval Status

Before any voting system is used in an election, it must be approved by the State Election Commission, which must examine and test the system to ensure the system may be accurately and efficiently used by voters in elections, as provided by law (S.C. Code 7-13-1620).  This approval is in addition to the requirement that the system be certified by a testing laboratory accredited by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.  Currently, the system must be certified to Voluntary Voting System Guidelines Version 1.0.

This approval does not mean a system will necessarily be used in elections outside of field testing.  The system must also be adopted for use by the State Election Commission (S.C. Code 7-13-1655).  A single system will be adopted for use following the procurement process.

The table below lists each voting system submitted and steps completed in the approval process.

Vendor Voting System Date Submitted Phase 1 Testing

Phase 2
Field Testing

Date Approved

Adopted for Use
Election Systems & Software


Ballot Marking Device & Hand-marked Paper

10/8/2018 Passed Passed



June 19, 2019

(for select elections in 2019 and all elections beginning January 1, 2020)

Dominion Voting

Democracy Suite 5.5

Ballot Marking Device & Hand-marked Paper

1/25/2019 Passed Passed 4/17/2019  
Hart InterCivic

Verity Voting 2.3

Ballot Marking Device & Hand-marked Paper

2/8/2019 Passed Passed 3/20/2019  
Clear Ballot ClearVote 1.5 2/26/2019 Withdrew      

Last Updated: June 19, 2019

Posted in Uncategorized
Back to All News