Dana Clark, account manager, Government Business Systems, along with Crawford County Clerk Patty Lycan and Linda Phillippe feed test ballots into the optical-scan voting machines during the public accuracy test Monday afternoon. (Tom Compton photo)
Crawford County voters can be assured that every vote will be counted next Tuesday as machines returned accurate counts following a public test.
At 2 p.m. Monday, Dana Clark, account manager for Government Business Systems, which maintains the county's voting equipment, publicly tested six paper-ballot voting machines and six touch-screen machines for accuracy.
Clark explained that each of the machines was zeroed out, then the optical-scan machines were fed several preprinted ballots, making sure each candidate or issue received at least one vote. The number of ballots is based on the number items on the ballot and size of the precinct.
The count was then compared against the predetermined outcomes and checked by local Republican and Democrat election judges for accuracy.
The touchscreen or TSX, machines were fed computer-generated ballots and a human being voted for one outcome. Those outcomes were then checked for accuracy by the election judges.
"We add the human element," Clark said.
After all of the voting machines were tested for proper function, they were packed for distribution to each precinct.
Polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, and close at 7 p.m.