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SEC tests vote counting machines

By John McPhaul


The State Elections Commission (SEC) announced Wednesday that for several days it has been conducting logic and precision tests to calibrate and validate the operation of the 6,075 electronic vote counting machines that it will use in the general elections on Nov. 3.

As part of the process, the test data is entered using the logic and precision ballots into the electronic counting machine. Then, the data is processed electronically and at the end the results of those tests are disclosed on the SEC website, the agency said in a written statement.

Setup is usually done weeks before Election Day in a real environment and in tune with the day of the event. Once the tests are complete, the results are reset to zero, the SEC said.

“The results of these tests are not official or preliminary data, since the process of counting the votes has not started,” said SEC Chairman Francisco J. Rosado Colomer. “The SEC will begin to release the official results on November 3, once the polling stations close at 5 in the afternoon.”