Voting machines tested, sealed ahead of Election Day

Posted at 5:19 PM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 20:41:49-04

Voting machines in Lafayette Parish are ready to go ahead of the November 3 election.

Certified technicians tested and sealed the machines at a voting machine warehouse in Scott in preparation for Election Day next week.

Parish Clerks of Court test each machine and generates a zero tally to ensure that the public counter is set at zero and that no votes have been cast on the machine. The registrar then seals the machine, according to the Secretary of State's website.

The machines are then sent to each polling location for Election Day.

Lafayette Parish Clerk of Court Louis Perret said parish officials are prepared for the big day.

"We're ready to go. We're expecting no rain, great weather. We are so proud of the 47,000 people that have already turned out to vote in Lafayette Parish, but we want people to know there's room for everybody and we want to encourage everybody to vote," Perret explained.

After the election, Perret's office and other parish clerks will transmit the results stored in the voting machines on secure USB to the Secretary of State's office and then will return the machines to the warehouse no more than 48 hours later.

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