King County Elections tests counting equipment as primary nears

August 5, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Aug. 5, 2010

King County Elections plans to test ballot counting and processing equipment as the Aug. 17 primary nears.

Staffers scheduled logic and accuracy tests on all ballot counting and processing equipment for 10 a.m. Thursday at the elections office, 9010 E. Marginal Way S., Tukwila.

The office performs the standard pre-election procedure to make sure tabulation hardware and software function properly. Then, after the test, the equipment will be locked and sealed until the election.

People can register in-person at the elections office in Tukwila by 4:30 p.m. Monday. Learn more about the registration process here.

King County Elections Director Sherril Huff offered some last-minute tips to voters in a video posted to the elections website Tuesday.

Huff forecast 45 percent turnout in the all-mail primary. Secretary of State Sam Reed, the top elections official in Washington, predicted 38 percent turnout statewide.

Ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 17, or dropped into a drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Create a personalized voter guide here. Find drop box locations here. Track ballots here.

Voters will winnow the contenders in each primary race — regardless of party affiliation — to two candidates. The top candidates advance to the Nov. 2 general election.

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