A public test of new voting machines was held in Rockford on Tuesday, March 19. The AccuVote is a popular optical scan voting machine. It’s already utilized in 64 jurisdictions in Illinois.
Local officials from both political parties were at the Rockford County Administration building to observe and participate in the testing. Organizers hope this will build trust in the public about how votes will be counted.
“We’ve had early voting already and we’ve observed from the people that have been coming in to cast their ballots that they have been asking for the paper balloits and those are the ones that we’ll be testing today,” Winnebago County Cleark Lori Gummow said. “We just want to make sure we’re demonstrating to the public that the equipment that we have is operating properly and so that our elections will be true.”
On the AccuVote ballot, voters fill in an oval next to a candidate’s name. After voting, the voter places the ballot in a ballot counting device. The machines will be used for the consolidated election on April 2nd.