County voting machines pass test

Today is the last chance to register for Aug. 30 primary

Representatives from the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office test touch screen voting machines for sight, sound and functionality Friday in the Mohave County Elections Department office.

Photo by Aaron Ricca.

Representatives from the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office test touch screen voting machines for sight, sound and functionality Friday in the Mohave County Elections Department office.

KINGMAN – County and state officials worked together Friday to make sure voting results for the primary election will be as accurate as possible.

Representatives from the Arizona Secretary of State’s office visited the Mohave County Elections Department to perform a Logic and Accuracy test on the county’s voting equipment. The assessment team travels to every county to ensure there are no malfunctions that may lead to controversies surrounding suspected voter fraud or election rigging.

“We’ll come in and do a surprise test for each county,” said Janine Petty, Arizona Deputy State Elections Director.

The assessment team had already visited Yuma and Parker before making the day’s last stop in Kingman.

County Elections Director Allen Tempert says his department has been working tirelessly for two weeks preparing all of the counties’ voting equipment for the election Aug. 30.

Today is the deadline to register to vote in order to participate in the primary.

Mohave County has 24 voting precincts and the assessment team tested equipment from 10 of them.

Twelve of 45 handicap accessible touch screen machines were randomly selected to be tested for sight, sound and functionality. Petty said her team tries to experience exactly what a voter would to ensure the process is flawless.

The team has a series of various dummy ballots with pre-determined results for federal and state level elections from different precincts (city election tests were held by the county election department earlier in the day). The ballots are fed through two large counting machines and results are tallied and matched to the predetermined results for test accuracy.

The department passed and all equipment functioned properly.

Early ballots for the primary election will begin being counted Aug. 23. Early voting starts Wednesday.

Tempert thanked his election team for their hard work to ensure the tests went smoothly.

“This is affirming the blood, sweat and tears we put in,” he said.