Pierce County prepares voting software tests, public viewing area for transparent voting process

The vote center workspace is open to the public, complete with screens set up in front of the window allowing anyone to watch the entire process.

PIERCE COUNTY, Wash – Elections Pierce County will test the vote counting software in their system Tuesday to verify that it is up to date and working properly.

Pierce County Elections Supervisor Kyle Haugh said his team is excited to serve the county’s 550,000 registered voters.

“We’re going to have a test deck that’s been approved by the Secretary of State’s office and we’re going to run it and make sure the scan matches our expected results,” Haugh said.

After the test deck has been processed through the tabulator, a comparison is made between the predefined test deck result and the tabulator result to ensure that the “expected” votes match with actual votes.

Elections officers will also verify ballots using a specific criterion, and if a ballot does not meet that standard, it will not be stored.

“We’re not just saying, this vote is good. Signatures must match, they must not vote, and all must be taken into account,” Haugh explained. “In this state, if we report that we tabulate 100 votes, we need to show in our registration system 100 people with confidence for voting. If not, we must report the anomaly to the public, and the Secretary of State’s office, and explain why the anomaly occurred.”

Haugh said maintaining a closed system is important for security, but it is also designed to be as transparent as possible.

The vote center workspace is open to the public, complete with screens set up in front of the window allowing anyone to watch the entire process.

“If you’re a member of the public and you want to just see what’s going on, you can see what’s going on through these windows,” he said. “They’re reflective screens, so you can always see what we’re doing. Whenever we open the door and we are processing the ballots, our door is unlocked at the front and people can come in and see what we are doing. “

Haugh said adopting this open-minded approach is important to make sure people have confidence in their elections and, hopefully, more people will come to see the process in action.

“We love educating our voters. This is a service you pay for, your election, and we want to make sure people feel confident knowing how secure they are,” Haugh said.

Haugh said the same amount of dedication is in every Pierce County election process.

“As soon as the primaries ended in August, we started preparing the ballots for this election,” he said. every school district and special tax district decides they want to hold an election. The work never ends”.

Since it’s the midterms, they’re predicting a voter turnout of 65%, which is about 350,000 votes, but they’re prepared for more, Haugh said.

This test is open to the public and will take place here at the Pierce County Vote Center at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Registered voters in Pierce County will be able to begin submitting their ballots on October 21 through Election Day on November 8.

https://www.king5.com/article/news/politics/elections/pierce-county-test-voting-software/281-d6885ee3-a413-4c03-9aca-04becc805c4f Pierce County prepares voting software tests, public viewing area for transparent voting process

Edmund DeMarche

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