Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Invites Public to Test Voting Equipment

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) – The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections held the public test required by Ohio law on Friday, October 7. He stood in their tabulation center. The purpose was to test and verify election-relevant programming code to verify the accuracy of the voting systems that will be used to compile the ballots.

“We want to be as transparent as possible,” said Tony Perlatti. He is the director.

Perlatti says it’s an opportunity for people to learn and understand how voting machines work and how to set them up. It is a very tedious and secure process that requires specific codes and duties.

“It’s a great way for individuals to get a behind-the-scenes look at how elections work.”

The test is a sample of pre-voted ballots. They already know the results, but they want to make sure the machine reads them correctly.

“We then go ahead and tabulate those ballots to make sure the tabulation system works,” Perlatti said. “That way the results we release on election night are 100% accurate, tallied, and voters will know their ballot counted and was counted correctly.”

There is a computer system that creates and compiles the ballots. He is not connected to the Internet. They use a USB stick to upload the results.

“We bring it to a computer that’s on a dedicated network in the secretary of state’s office and we provide those results. We then put it in a chest. Next time we want to download it, we’ll use a brand new stick. »

Nick Georgalis attended the session. He is a poll worker. He says he’s confident the process is sound.

“It seems to be pretty safe,” he said. “I would find it very difficult for them to do anything to negatively affect the election.”

CCBOE tells 19 News that the room where ballots are counted is under heavy surveillance. The sheriff’s office is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A log is kept of who enters and exits as well as who connects to computers. There are bipartisan passcodes, meaning a Democrat knows part of the code and a Republican knows the other half.

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