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Ada County Elections tests ballot machines for accuracy

Ada County Elections Chief Deputy Phil McGrane explained that one of the tests involves running thousands of pre-marked test ballots through the machines and making sure the results are accurate. (CBS2 Staff Photo)

Election managers are working to make sure every vote counts.

Thursday the Ada County Elections Office held what they call their public confidence test, officially the Public Logic and Accuracy (L&A) test, to give everyone a sneak peak at how they ensure your vote counts.

Ada County Elections Chief Deputy Phil McGrane explained that one of the tests involves running thousands of pre-marked test ballots through the machines and making sure the results are accurate.

That way they can make sure that every variation and every combination of ballot that will be used in this election is read correctly.

"We're doing a subset of those test ballots. We'll be running it through to make sure the predetermined results that we predict to happen," McGrane said. "The machines go through and we get the exact same results. It's one of the ways to safeguard to make sure that not just that you mark the oval correctly but all the ovals are being read properly as well as the information has been tabulated and that all of the results we release at the end are accurate."

After entering all of the test ballots the results were compared to their expected outcome and the system passed the test.

To make sure nothing changes, the room with the ballot tabulators and software will be locked up until election day and actually tested again that morning.

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