Franklin County Elections Center tests ballot equipment ahead of election

Franklin County Elections Center tests ballot equipment ahead of election

Election Day is near, and the Franklin County Elections Center is getting ready for what they hope will be thousands of ballots.

Today, a representative from the Secretary of State came to Franklin County to perform a logic and accuracy test of the ballot tabulating equipment. There are nearly 37,000 registered voters in the county.

“It ensures the integrity and confidence in the system,” said Matt Beaton, Franklin County Auditor. “It allows the citizens — if there’s ever a question, we can go back and show them through process, we assure their elections.”

Beaton said the test is required by law. Workers will run through their system with ballots like they would on Election Day.

New this year is same-day registration. Potential voters are allowed to register to vote the same day as the election and cast their ballot. You must be at least 18, a citizen of the United States and have been a resident in the county for at least 30 days.

Beaton told KAPP-KVEW people should get out and vote or come register.

“You really need to get out and get involved, so if you’re mad about something, get out there and cast your vote and collectively we’ll tabulate them and we’ll find out which way we’re going to go,” he explained.”

Ballots will be sent out no later than Oct. 18. Election Day is Nov. 5. For more information about voting, check your county’s auditor’s website.