Miami-Dade County Election officials test voting units

DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) - Twenty days before Florida’s primary elections, Aug. 30, the Miami-Dade County Elections Department tested voting units in Doral, Wednesday.

Miami-Dade Supervisor of Elections Christina White said the department gives every voting unit the “Logic and Accuracy Test” three times before it is sent out for use.

“I like to refer to it as a confidence test for our voters,” White said. “We replicate election day conditions. We open the voting units, we have voters vote their ballots, feed them into the equipment and then transmit the results and compare what we have determined to be the outcome against the tabulated results, so in the end, it shows that the equipment is capturing and tabulating the results as it should.”

White showed 7News that after voters fill out their ballot, they approach the voting unit, which will say on “Welcome. Please Insert Your Ballot” on the screen. The machine then shows, “Scanning Ballot in Progress… Please Wait.”

“And it’s just that easy,” White said. “When you see, ‘You Are Finished. Thank You For Voting!’ You know that the voting unit has captured your results, and they will be tabulated at the end of the night.”

Officials say about 1,600 units will be used in the primary election, 80 of which were tested Wednesday.

Early voting for the primary election begins Aug. 15 in Miami-Dade County.

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