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Easton Voting Machines Tested

EASTON, Conn. – Registrars and moderators for the Oct. 26 special election for treasurer and the Nov. 6 general election tested the town’s four voting machines Friday afternoon at Samuel Staples Elementary School.

Sample ballots marked for individual candidates were fed into the machines, which counted the ballots and tabulated vote totals and then were checked for accuracy.

“We prepare test ballots and feed them all in to make sure the machines are accurately reading votes, there are different levels of security,” said Ron Kowalski, the Democratic registrar.

One machine for the Oct. 26 special election and three for Nov. 6 were tested. “We do it a week ahead in case there’s a problem,” Kowalski said. “If there’s a problem we have back-up machines and if necessary we can count ballots by hand.”

The machines count ballots that have been marked with pens for preferred candidates.

The town tests the machines before every election and hasn't experienced any problems recently, said Krista Kot, the Republican registrar.

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