Cole County Plays Fair

1 decade 3 years 1 week ago Monday, October 30 2006 Oct 30, 2006 Monday, October 30, 2006 6:01:36 PM CST October 30, 2006 in News

The machines can detect if a voter doesn't vote for every race or issue, or if they vote for more than one choice.

"We start out with zeros on them, run the ballots through, and then we make sure everything zeros out, counts accurately," Republican representative Ronny Margason said.

Come this November voters will place their finished ballot inside the slots, the machine will collect the ballot and at the end of the day the machine will print out the tallied results. Officials are testing 38 machines, each containing a memory pack which electronically counts the votes. The packs are removed only after all the votes are counted.

"We run this computer pack into a reader which tabulates all 38 precincts and gives us our totals," Cole County Clerk Marvin Register said.

The testing is done to keep voting fair between parties and to comply with state election laws. The testing is a two day event and will continue Tuesday. There were a few problems Monday, but officials said all the machines will be ready by next week.

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