Statewide Voting System

South Carolina's Paper-Based Voting System

The following information is open to the public and accessible via these online resources:

S.C. Code 7-13-1620(A) states, in part: “A voting system may not be approved for use in the State unless certified by a testing laboratory accredited by the Federal Election Assistance Commission as meeting or exceeding the minimum requirements of federal voting system standards.”

Any updates to the voting system in South Carolina must be, by State Code, Certified by the EAC with an accredited Voting System Testing Laboratory and the SC State Election Commission. The EVS 6.1.1.0 election system update is the first software/firmware update since the state wide voting system was purchased in 2019. To date, no other software/firmware updates have been performed on the voting system. 

Technical Details of the internal components and software of the voting system is proprietary to Election Systems & Software Inc. and cannot be provided by our office.

The current statewide voting system in South Carolina is Election Systems & Software Inc.'s ElectionWare Election Management System (EMS).

This system includes the following ES&S election equipment:

South Carolina State Election Commission – New Paper Based Voting System ( SCVOTES.GOV)

A link to the SC Procurement of the voting system: Voting System Procurement Documents

ES&S EVS 6.1.1.0 Certificate and Scope of Conformance Document

All documents about the EAC certification can be found at www.eac.gov

  • Hardware and software components used in voting system.
  • Listing of OS system updates and patches affecting this release are included.
  • VVSG v1 compliance testing. 

Ballots, Ballot Images & CVRs are not subject to FOIA

ID: FOIA07062022.01

The SC SEC asked the SC Attorney General's Office to address whether the public has the right under FOIA to inspect or obtain copies of voted ballots and related files or data associated with the new statewide voting system. The Attorney General's Office responded with an opinion advising that these records are not subject to FOIA. 

Specifically, the types of records the opinion concluded are not subject to FOIA include:

  • Voted ballots
  • Scanned images of voted ballots 
  • Cast Vote Records (CVR)

The Board of Voter Registration and Elections Office of York County, SC does not have any public records responsive to this request and that the reasoning for withholding the record is explained in the following SC Attorney General’s Opinion: https://www.scag.gov/opinions/opinions-archive/september-28-2020/

Contact the South Carolina Attorney General Office

Updated: 7/7/2022, 8/24/2022