Election Officials Prepare Voting Locations in Mesa County
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo.- Mesa County officials don't mess around during election season. They aren't leaving any ballots unturned in this race.
Officials were hard at work on Saturday preparing voting locations for Election Day. They kicked off the morning in Orchard Mesa and also prepared locations in Fruita and Clifton.
Sheila Reiner, Mesa County clerk and recorder, said they are staying busy. "Gathering all of the forms and the signature cards and all of our records from early voting, and transporting those back to the office for safe keeping."
Although the machines for Election Day are identical to the ones used in early voting, new ones must be brought in for the big day.
"Early voting machines have logs and all of the memory of everything that's been done, and also an image of every single vote cast saved on their memories, so those have to stay as early voting machines," said Reiner.
Officials are systematic when taking down the early voting machines and putting in the new ones.
Reiner said, "We're verifying that all of the seals are intact, that they're still the same as when the election judges last seen the equipment. The other step that we do when we set up is calibrate the machines to make sure they are recognizing touch in the proper area."
They even took into account daylight saving time, adjusting the time on machines so they will be accurate on Election Day.
Officials are also taking into consideration a few hiccups that occurred during early voting.
Reiner said, "Any touchscreen like an iPad or anything else can get out of calibration, so when you touch the screen it may light up in a different area. With each machine you have three chances to verify that your vote is being recorded properly, so we still have the utmost confidence in our equipment."
However, Reiner says there's always a "plan B" when it comes to elections; if all else fails they can result back to good old paper and pen.
On Monday officials will be testing connectivity and poll books, which is computer software that allows election officials to review or process voter information.
There will be 10 locations for voters on Election Day.