SAFFORD — At Wednesday’s state-required Logic and Accuracy Testing of election equipment in Graham County, officials from the Secretary of State’s Office announced the equipment’s audio program had a name transposed on the accessible voting devices. Therefore, a re-test will be conducted on Sunday, July 3 at 3:30 p.m.
Per state law, elections equipment used for early voting must successfully pass a Logic and Accuracy test conducted by the Secretary of State’s Office prior to the start of early voting. The testing procedure ensures the machines are operating correctly ahead of voting time. Graham County early voting begins on July 6.
In-person voting requires the deployment of voting equipment to be accessible for all voters, including voters with disabilities, as they’re used as ballot marking devices. Ballot audio files are created for every election to accommodate people who may not be able to see the ballot. Upon Wednesday’s testing and review, it was determined the equipment audio program needed a minor update.
As agreed, the Secretary of State will re-test the accessible voting devices on the machines and continue with the optical and digital equipment test on Sunday, July 3, at 3:30 p.m., at the General Services Building located at 921 W. Thatcher Blvd., Safford AZ 85546. The test is open for public viewing.