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Ballot scanner certification election is a tradition for Jefferson County elections

Before each election, Jefferson County Clerk Kate Zemke extends a person invitation to the county chairs of the Democratic and Republican parties to observe the certification of the tally machine. "Part of my job is to educate the electorate regarding elections," said Zemke, who invites the general public to observe the process as well.

The point of the exercise, she says, is to prove the machine.

She prepares a test deck of ballots that she runs in the presence of both party chairs. The test deck checks every possible vote on the various ballots, there are about 51different ballot styles in this election, for a total of nearly 900 ballots.

The process will likely take about an hour.

A public certification of the ballot scanner for the May 17, 2022 Primary Election will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the Clerk's Office at the Courthouse Annex, 66 SE D Street, Madras.


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