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Poll workers test ballot-counting machines ahead of the presidential election

Posted at 6:08 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 19:11:33-04

CALEDONIA — On Monday, in the Village of Caledonia, poll workers tested their ballot-counting machines to make sure they are running properly for the presidential election.

“We do over voted ballots under voted ballots write-ins, and then we feed them through the machine to make sure the machine is reading them correctly,” said Karie Pope, the Village Clerk.

A marked ballot is put through the machine and the inspectors then compare the results. After the machine has passed, it's then reset to a zero ballot count, zipped tied, and stored in a vault until election day.

“It’s very important if you put ballots through, you want to make sure those ballots are counted correctly,” said Cheif Inspector, Joan Rennert.

Martha Davits has been working at the polls for 13 years. She said she started as a way to give back.

“When I retired they needed pool workers so I volunteered,” said Martha.

Martha said this election will be unlike any other.

“We are training more with the COVID, being handicapped accessible, being there for every type of situation where a person is able to vote,” said Martha.

Early voting in Caledonia runs until Friday, Oct. 30.

If you would like more information on becoming a poll worker click here.

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