The public can observe the public test of City of Madison election equipment this weekend. The City of Madison conducts its public test on a Saturday in order to make the process as accessible to the public as possible.
Prior to each election, the Clerk’s Office tests its DS200 tabulators to make sure they will accurately count votes on Election Day.
After testing each machine for accurate vote tabulation, Clerk’s Office staff secure the ballot box and scanner with tamper-evident seals that are marked with unique serial numbers. The Clerk’s Office documents these serial numbers at the public test, and election officials verify the serial numbers when they open the polls on Election Day.
The City of Madison public test of election equipment will be held at 2713 E. Washington Ave. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, Oct. 24, and on Monday, Oct. 27. The Clerk’s Office will break for lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm each day.