Voting Equipment Logic and Accuracy Testing to Begin Monday, September 25 for November 7, 2017 Election
Public Invited to Observe Critical Process

Archive Press Release

Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder
Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Assistant Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

(Redwood City, CA) Logic and Accuracy testing (“L&A”) of the eSlate voting system equipment will occur on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. for the November 7, 2017 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election, according to Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder. L&A will be conducted at the Registration & Elections Division at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo. Members of the public are encouraged to observe this process.

“Logic and Accuracy testing is an essential measure that ensures all voting equipment used in the upcoming election functions properly”, explained Mr. Church. The San Mateo County Registration & Elections Division manually tests the voting system’s vote counting software through sample ballot-casting exercises to verify if votes are correctly tabulated and recorded.

To serve as a Poll Worker, individuals may call 650.286.2810 or apply online at www.shapethefuture.org under the Poll Workers tab.  Potential Poll Workers must attend a two and a half to three-hour training session in October or November.  The training schedule and sign-up application are available online and by phone.

Prior to every election, L&A is performed in two phases on the voting system’s vote counting software.

The first phase of L&A focuses on the electronic votes cast on the eSlate voting machines. The elections staff uses “test” versions of the English, Spanish and Chinese ballots for the November 7, 2017 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election. This phase is passed only when there is a perfect match between the test votes cast and the predetermined test results.

The second phase of L&A focuses on paper ballot voting. The English, Spanish and Chinese paper ballots used for testing are clearly identified as “test” ballots. The votes marked on the paper ballots are recorded by running the ballots through a digital scanner-tabulator. This scanner works in connection with the vote counting system called Ballot Now. Ballot Now accepts voting marks within the predetermined space on the ballot and records them. This phase is completed only when there is a perfect match between the test votes cast and the predetermined test results.

Additionally, every voting machine will undergo functional testing. Functional testing ensures the proper operation of every dial, button, connector and other hardware components of the voting machines. This testing process confirms that the voting machines are loaded with the correct system software and firmware, as certified by the Secretary of State.

Upon completion of L&A and functional testing, 606 eSlate voting machines will be deployed to 97 polling places and three Voting Centers for the November 7, 2017 Consolidated Municipal, School and Special District Election.

For more information about the November 7, 2017 Election, call the Registration & Elections Division at 650.312.5222, visit www.shapethefuture.org, or follow @smcvote on Twitter.


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