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San Mateo County Assessor-Clerk-Recorder-Elections
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Official Election Site of San Mateo County

MARK CHURCH, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

February 10, 2017

 

Contact: Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Phone: 650.363.4988 | Fax: 650.363.1903 | Email: mchurch@smcare.org

 

Alternate: Jim Irizarry, Assistant Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder

Phone: 650.363.4988 | Fax: 650.363.1903 | Email: jirizarry@smcare.org

 

Voting Equipment Logic and Accuracy Testing to Begin Wednesday, February 15 for March 28, 2017 San Mateo-Foster City School District Special Election

Public Invited to Observe Critical Process

 

(Redwood City, CA) Logic and Accuracy testing (“L & A”) of the eSlate voting system equipment will occur on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. for the March 28, 2017 San Mateo-Foster City School District Special Election, according to Mark Church, Chief Elections Officer & Assessor-County Clerk-Recorder. L & A will be conducted at the Registration & Elections Division at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo. Members of the public are encouraged to observe this process.

"Logic and Accuracy testing is an essential measure that ensures all voting equipment used in the upcoming election functions properly,” explained Mr. Church. The San Mateo County Registration and Elections Division manually tests the voting system’s vote counting software through sample ballot-casting exercises to verify if votes are correctly tabulated and recorded.

Prior to every election, L & A is performed in two phases on the voting system’s vote counting software.

The first phase of L & A focuses on the electronic votes cast on the eSlate voting machines. The elections staff uses “test” versions of the English, Spanish and Chinese ballots for the March 28, 2017 election. This phase is passed only when there is a perfect match between the test votes cast and the predetermined test results.

The second phase of L & A focuses on paper ballot voting. The English, Spanish and Chinese paper ballots used for testing are clearly identified as “test” ballots. The votes marked on the paper ballots are recorded by running the ballots through a digital scanner-tabulator. This scanner works in connection with the vote counting system called Ballot Now. Ballot Now accepts voting marks within the predetermined space on the ballot and records them. This phase is completed only when there is a perfect match between the test votes cast and the predetermined test results.

Additionally, every voting machine will undergo functional testing. Functional testing ensures the proper operation of every dial, button, connector and other hardware components of the voting machines. This testing process confirms that the voting machines are loaded with the correct system software and firmware, as certified by the Secretary of State.

Upon completion of L & A and functional testing, eSlate voting machines will be deployed to the Voting Center located at 40 Tower Road, San Mateo, open weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from February 27 through March 27. The Voting Center will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, March 28, 2017.

For more information about the March 28, 2017 Special Election, call the Registration & Elections Division at 650.312.5222 or visit www.shapethefurture.org.