As Sandy Gritz administers the oath to poll workers, the machines soon begin to hum in the background.
“This is the DSR850 high-speed count scan,” explains Gritz as random test ballots scan through the machine.
Deputy Sedgwick County elections commissioner Gritz shows off the tabulation machines for the public test on Friday. And it’s an extensive series of tests.
“They are working very well,” says Gritz. “We test these extensively and get the ballots ready. And a test such as this is run through every machine that is going out. So they are tested before they are sent out.”
They will send out more than 500 express vote machines that help explain the voting process when you go to the polls on Tuesday. And there are another 200 tabulation machines.
Workers were printing out test paper rolls on Friday, just like they will on Tuesday. The test roll shows the machine is “clean” and there are no current votes listed in the tabulation machine before votes begin. The workers also sign their name to the tape just as they will on Tuesday after the votes are tabulated in each of the machines.
“Then at the end of the night, at the end of the day, poll workers will print a similar tape with the results on it, signifying that they were there,” says Gritz.
Gritz says the machines are accurate. And she points to a recall recently as evidence.
“We actually had a recount in the Haysville election last year,” says Gritz. “Ad it actually came out perfect, to the vote.”
On Tuesday you will still get a paper ballot, but it’s the machines that do the counting and tabulating.
Workers will start the day very early on Tuesday.
“We will arrive here at 4:00 a.m. and election workers will arrive around 4:45 a.m.,” says Sedgwick County elections commissioner, Tabitha Lehman. “So be nice to them, it’s a long day.”
There will be more early voting on Saturday, with 15 sites open.