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Colorado Springs Clerk and Recorder’s Office test ballot counting equipment

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Tuesday, the Clerk and Recorder's Office conducted a public Logic and Accuracy (L&A) test on all ballot counting equipment that will be used in the 2022 Primary Election.

Tests include the Central Count Optical Scanners and Voter Service and Polling Center ballot marking devices.

The city says the L&A test, which was open to the public, consists of three components:

  1. System Function Test: This part of the test requires a pre-printed test deck with known results. This allows the Clerks Office to be confident that a vote for every choice is tested and placed in the correct "bucket" of results. This test verifies that the election was programmed correctly by county staff in the Election Management System (EMS).
  2. Hardware Function Test: This test ensures that all of the EMS hardware that will be used in the election functions properly. For example, powering devices on and off, checking those battery-powered devices are holding a charge, and printing from the ImageCastX ballot marking devices.
  3. Integrity Check: The final part requires the bipartisan Testing Board to select a sample of a minimum of 25 blank ballots each to vote as they choose. The Testing Board makes a hand tally of these ballots to check against the machine count after they are tabulated on a scanner of their choosing.  This test is as expansive as the Testing Board chooses to make it to achieve the highest confidence in the EMS vote tabulation.

To learn more about the L&A test please refer to the Colorado Secretary of State Election Rule 11.3.2.

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