The Medina County Board of Elections was busy Thursday testing equipment and counting ballots ahead of Tuesday’s election, and officials said the operation ran smoothly.
“We do this before every election,” said Carol Lawler, director of the Board of Elections, on Thursday.
She said the public is welcome when tests are performed but no additional voters participated in the process Thursday.
The participants were Deputy Director Marian Coffey, board members John Welker and Larry Cray and staff members.
Testing is mandated to make sure election results are recorded, Lawler explained.
The testing includes “predetermined” procedures, and results are entered into three machines that are picked up from three precincts in the county. Paper ballots also are used.
Results are then counted and uploaded into the server, Lawler said, “as if it was an election.”
Staff reviewed the reports at 3 p.m. in a public meeting. If results do not come out perfect, Lawler said, that the process must start over.
Lawler said the elections board has been busy ahead of Tuesday’s election, but “everything is ready to go.”
Poll workers, she said, will pick up their supplies Saturday and Monday mornings.
Hours for in-office absentee voting are:
- Saturday, 8 to 4 p.m.
- Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
- Monday, 8 to 2 p.m.
Polls open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7:30 p.m.
The Medina County Board of Elections is at 3800 Stonegate Drive, Medina. The phone is (330) 722-9278.
For more information on voting, visit www.medinacountyelections.org.
Contact reporter Ashley Fox at (330) 721-4048 or firstname.lastname@example.org.