King County rolls out ballot-counting equipment

October 20, 2010

By Staff

NEW — 2 p.m. Oct. 20, 2010

King County Elections plans to test ballot counting and processing equipment as the November election nears.

Staffers scheduled logic and accuracy tests on all ballot counting and processing equipment for 1 p.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 Nov. 2 election.

People can register in-person at the elections office by Monday. Learn more about the registration process here.

The elections office has 11 ballot drop boxes, including a box at Issaquah City Hall. The county has also opened accessible voting centers for voters with disabilities.

Elections Director Sherril Huff has projected at 68 percent turnout in King County — 69 percent in Seattle and 67 percent in the rest of the county. Secretary of State Sam Reed, the chief elections officer in Washington, has predicted the best midterm election turnout in 40 years — 66 percent — statewide.

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