Franklin County runs test on ballot tabulating equipment ahead of primary

Franklin County Auditor Matt Beaton checks a stack of test ballots Monday as part of a test to ensure accuracy in the county's ballot tabulators. (Photo: KONA)

Just two weeks ahead of the August 1st primary elections, the Franklin County elections office ran a set of test ballots through the county’s vote tabulators to ensure their accuracy.

“It’s just part of the process,” said Franklin County Auditor Matt Beaton. “It’s called a logic and accuracy test, just to make sure that the counters are working properly.”

Employees at the elections office filled out 57 test ballots, and tracked what items they marked on the ballots. They then ran the ballots through the tabulators and compared the counter’s results with what they had marked on the ballots.

“Then we have an observer from each party that look at it, they sign off on it, then we seal it up as part of the elections process,” Beaton said.

Monday was the first day that the elections office had received completed ballots for the coming primary.

Between the mail and drop box collections, 688 ballots were returned to the elections office.

Another logic and accuracy test will be conducted prior to the general election on November 7, 2017.