Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz tests the audio-visual ballot marking interface component on the ICE voting machine during Friday’s certification. From left, Ortiz, attorney George Chandler, GOP Chair Robert Gibson and Councilor Rick Reiss. Also in attendance, but not pictured were DPU Board member Paul Frederickson, Sheriff Marco Lucero and his campaign chair James Leach. Photo by Sharon Stover
County Clerk staff from left, Bureau of Elections Manager Gloria Maestas, Senior Deputy Clerk Ona Trujillo and Deputy Clerk Jocelyn Warner perform certification procedures on the new ICE voting machines. Photo by Sharon Stover
- ImageCast Evolution (ICE) voting machines certified and ready for use in the Nov. 4 General Election
The Los Alamos County (LAC) Clerk’s Office resumed the certification and preparation process Friday for the Absentee & Election Day Voting Machines to be used in the Nov. 4, 2014 General Election. Friday’s testing passed with a perfect match between the test votes cast and the test results.
Additionally, every voting machine underwent functional testing. Functional testing ensures the proper operation of the buttons, connections and other components of the voting machines, such as the audio-visual ballot marking interface.
“Testing is absolutely fundamental in the preparation of an election,” explained County Clerk Sharon Stover. “As you know, during last Friday’s (Sept. 26) initial certification, a glitch was discovered in the blank test ballots, which were sent by the state’s contractor, Dominion. “This testing provides an added level of confidence in the election results by ensuring that all potential voter choices are tested for accuracy.”
With the certification preparation process complete, the ICE voting machines are ready for deployment to the three (3) Vote Centers, which are: LAC Municipal Building, Boards & Commissions Room 110, LAC Golf Course – Meeting Room, and the White Rock Fire Station #3.
Stover would like to remind everyone that Voter Registration will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7. Residents who are not registered, or have moved, need to complete a voter registration form in the County Clerk’s Office at 1000 Central Ave., 2nd Floor, Suite 240.
Absentee Voting – In Person (Early Voting) & by Mail begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7 in the LAC Municipal Building, 1st Floor, Boards & Commissions Room 110. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Voters who prefer a ballot to be mailed, need to complete an absentee application, which can be obtained on the Clerk’s webpage, or by calling the Clerk’s Office and requesting an application be mailed.