MIAMI COUNTY — Members of the Miami County Board of Elections met briefly Wednesday evening for the media test of a voting machine for the Nov. 7 election.
“The machines are tabulating correctly,” Miami County Board of Elections Deputy Director Luke Scott said.
The county’s 375 TSX touchscreen voting machines allocated for use for the upcoming election have all undergone logic and accuracy testing — as well as other voting machines on standby — should any voting machine at a polling location fail for some reason.
“Those are ready to go,” Scott said.
Employees of the board’s office, called rovers, unload and set up the machines. Scott added that the rovers also run reports off of the machines to make sure that there are no lingering ballots cast on the memory cards of the machines, making sure that there are zero votes to begin with for all of the issues and candidates.
The board expects to see approximately 35 to 40 percent voter turnout for the election, looking back to voter turnouts during previous years with similar elections.
Currently, there have been 2,411 early votes cast for the Nov. 7 election by Wednesday evening, including 1,128 ballots cast in the board’s office. The county has approximately 75,000 registered voters.
Local elections involving numerous write-in candidates should expect a slight delay in receiving results as the board’s office will have to tally those results by hand. Voters using the voting machines who want to cast a write-in ballot should click on “record write-in” on the screen when voting. The spelling of the write-in candidates’ names do not need to be exact, but they need to be some derivative of the candidate’s name where the board can recognize for whom the person is voting.
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