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Ada County tests ballots ahead of presidential primary

Ada County tests ballots ahead of presidential primary
Posted at 3:54 AM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 05:54:25-05

BOISE, Idaho — When voters head to the polls next Tuesday, Ada County officials want to make sure all the votes are counted accurately. That is why the Ada County Elections Office held a test Thursday to make sure the ballots are being read correctly.

The Public Logic and Accuracy test runs a set of ballots with votes that are predetermined to ensure the ballots are being properly read and tabulated by the elections software.

"We go through and we test for every single precinct, and in this case because its a primary, we test for each political party," said Phil McGrane, Ada County Clerk. "We run those ballots through knowing what the results should be, and make sure what the machine spits out are the results that we had originally put in there."

Officials at the elections office say the test was a success and allowed our news team to verify the results. After the test, the counting machines are locked down until election day. If you are looking to vote early, that wraps at 5 p.m. on Friday.

For more information on the upcoming primary election, click here.