Testing and preparation for the Luzerne County election ballot machine

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The general election is right around the corner. After a problematic past with ballots in prior elections, Luzerne County officials say they are taking extra steps to prepare voters to hit the polls in November.

Eyewitness News went to the Luzerne County Courthouse to take part in the public demonstration and testing of voting machines. Everything worked smoothly and county officials are hoping for the same outcome on Election Day.

“We’re gearing up right now. We’re working hard, we’re working long hours, long days, early mornings. But we expect to have everything go according to plan and we’ll be ready for November 2nd,” explained Eryn Harvey, Luzerne County Deputy Director of Elections.

Voting machines were placed inside the Luzerne County Courthouse Friday afternoon. County officials, including Harvey, showed the public how the voting process works.

“A poll worker will accompany you to the ballot marking device. They’ll have a poll worker card and they’ll insert the poll worker card with the activation code to activate the ballot. Then that poll worker will then step away and have the voter make their choices on the ballot marking device,” stated Harvey.

“Once they do that, they’ll review the ballot, the ballot prints, and they load it into the scanner. And then their vote has been cast,” said Harvey.

Harvey says there have been some issues at the voting machines in the past.

“We’ve had multiple people walk out without grabbing the ballot and loading it into the scanner. So, today we just wanted to inform the public of the proper way to do it and to make sure you take your ballot and put it into the scanner so that it counts,” explained Harvey.

Mail-in ballots and drop boxes are available for people who choose not to vote at the machines.

“You can call our office, we’ll send you a form in the mail, you can fill it out get it back to us and you’ll receive your ballot in the mail,” said Harvey.

October 18th is the last day to register to vote in the general election. The election bureau deadline for mail-in ballots is October 26th and there are five ballot drop boxes in Luzerne County.

For more information regarding the Luzerne County elections head over to their website.

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