Charlottesville Technicians Prepare Polling Places

By: Matt Holmes Email
By: Matt Holmes Email

Monday November 5, 2007

The five voting machines that will be used Tuesday by voters at UVa.'s Alumni Hall have been set up and they are ready for action.

Charlottesville has four election day technicians and they say the machines voters will see are the e-Slate model. They were put in four years ago and cost around $2,500 a piece. They are also the machines that took the place of the controversial punchcard ballots.

If voters are heading to the polls for the first time, or simply have concerns about the technology, those technicians say the fears are unfounded. There will be a demonstration voting machine for folks to use, in addition to a bevy of sample ballots.

As for the potential for those machines malfunctioning, the city has already tested them multiple times.

"The Board of Elections ran...tests last week to make sure that [the machines] are running accurately with a test election and they came out the way they should on a rather complicated test," says voting machine technician David Reynaud.

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., but election workers will be out at the polling places starting at 5 o'clock to put the finishing touches on preparation.

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