Thursday, January 19, 2012

There Will Be a Test

Just a quick post coming out of Public Test rehearsal.

State law requires that before each election, we test the tabulation equipment against an expected outcome, with test votes applied to all candidates or options.

Public tests are conducted at 2 p.m. on the Thursday before the election.  Rarely, does someone come, but we like to be ready and therefore have a public test rehearsal, usually at 2 p.m. on the Thursday before the Public Test. 

Being election types, our team in the tabulation room have a rehearsal of the Public Test rehearsal before that.

Not much can or does go wrong with a Public Test, but all the preparation gives us comfort in case we forgot to write down the number of registered voters in an election or didn't make enough copies for our guests.

With all of our elections, we are having a Public Test or a rehearsal every Thursday from today through most of February.  We actually did two rehearsals today, one for each of our two mail-ballot elections.