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Idaho counties test systems ahead of election day

Posted at 5:34 PM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 19:34:18-04

With a heated and historic election just days away, Idaho counties are making sure their election systems are accurate. It's something they do every election but this time around officials say they want to ease the public's concerns.

It's called a logic and accuracy test and it's mandated by the Secretary of State. Each county is given a stack of test ballots with an already known outcome. Officials run the test ballot through their equipment to make sure everything adds up. Official say they've received concerns from the public about the fairness of the election. They hope this will puts those to rest.

"This is the opportunity to demonstrate to anybody who has concerns about the integrity of the process, about how the equipment is working. This is where they can see the machines are accurate and everything is counted properly," said Phil McGrane Chief Deputy for the Ada County Clerks Office.

"I feel in Canyon County we have a really reliable system that is secure.  People can be confident that their vote will be counted accurately and will be reflected accurately in our reports," said  Canyon County Election Technician Jason Culbertson.