County election equipment ready for voters
Secretary of State’s Office OKs machines for Tuesday’s primary
KINGMAN - The Mohave County Elections Department is ready to roll for Tuesday's primary elections.
Representatives from the Arizona Secretary of State's Office tested voting equipment in the department on Aug. 21. The county has already run its own tests on the equipment.
The Secretary of State's Office only tests election equipment when there are state races on the ballot, said Allen Tempert, Mohave County Elections director.
"We pre-mark ballots of which we know the results," said Craig Stender, the Secretary of State's Help America Vote Act project manager.
"We then run them through the (voting machines) and compare the actual results with what we predetermined. The results of this test are a measure that the machines are running accurately."
"We then upload the results to the central server which will produce a report. That report of actual votes is then compared to our predetermined report," he said.
The central server is a standalone server, as required by state statutes.
"No one can ever hack into the standalone system," Tempert said.
The county voting machines passed with flying colors.
"Dead on," Tempert said. "Every number matched exactly; a 100 percent accuracy report."
The voting machines, equipment and software are supplied by Premier Election Solutions through a state contract.
As a reminder, residents can still vote early until this Friday at the County Administration Building in Kingman, 700 W. Beale St.
On Sept. 2, any registered voters who wish to vote must go to their designated polling place. Check with the Voter Registration Department in the Recorder's Office to find your polling place.
All voters must provide a photo ID at the polls before they can vote. Voters without a photo ID must bring two other forms of identification.
Those forms can be a utility bill dated within 90 days of the election, a bank statement dated within 90 days of the election, a valid Arizona vehicle registration or insurance card, a property tax statement or any government issued identification card, such as a voter registration card.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 2.