Ada County conducts ballot accuracy test

The county is checking for glitches prior to Election Day.

BOISE - On Thursday, the Ada County Elections Office ran a pre-election accuracy test to make sure everything is good to go for November 8th. The accuracy test runs a set of ballots with votes that are predetermined to ensure that all the ballots going into the system are being properly read and tabulated.

This is not the first time the ballot machines had been tested. Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane says by the time Election Day comes around, they will have been tested a number of times to ensure there are no errors.

"Over 8,000 ballots that have been pre-marked to ensure that every oval and every combination," McGrane said.

Ada County unveiled their new election system back in May during the primaries. The office says they worked well, but have had to buy more ballot tabulators to keep up with voter demand this November.

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"With almost 75 percent of people showing up for this election, we needed to have enough equipment that we could get voters in and out," McGrane said.

McGrane says because of all the speculation around the country that this election could possibly be rigged, the Ada County Elections Office did something unique this year. They hired a cybersecurity firm to try and hack into their system.

"They were not able to touch our actual election system. The good news is our election system and your votes when you cast them, they are secure," McGrane said.

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Something unique to Idaho, is the state also rotates all of their ballots.

"That means each candidate gets equal time to be at the very top of their race," McGrane said.

Each ballot also has a number of security marks to ensure that no ballot can be counterfeited.

"We put a lot of effort into making sure the integrity of the ballots," McGrane said.

Once the accuracy test was completed, the room was locked down until Election Day.

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