Ballot machines tested, certified ahead of general election


The Office of Elections conducted a logic and accuracy test Saturday morning of the vote counting system that will be used in the November 8 General Election.

The test was conducted at the HART Intercivic Warehouse in Kakaako by official observers who serve as the eyes and ears of the general public, and represent various political parties and community groups.

Official observers test and certify that the system is programmed correctly and accurately counting votes. Upon conclusion of the test, the voting equipment is certified and sealed in the presence of the observers.

Chief elections officer Scott Nago said “this is an important step in the election process. What we’re doing is testing machines, so once everything is tested, it gets locked down with a unique wire halve seal, given a unique number, the number gets recorded and that ensures the integrity of the election.

“One of the things is that this is not connected to the internet in any way, so there’s no way someone could hack it.”

Nago said voters will receive two ballot cards on Nov. 8 — one with the candidates and offices, and the other with charter amendment questions “so we ask that they actually get familiar with the charter amendment questions before going into the booth so they don’t take too much time.” (Click here to see the questions.)

Tests and certifications will be conducted in each neighbor island county next week.

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