Contra Costa County Elections Division To Test Equipment For March 2020 Primary Election

January 18, 2020 13:00 pm · 24 comments

The Contra Costa County Elections Division is programming and testing every piece of voting equipment that will be used in the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election to ensure that every Contra Costa ballot is counted completely and accurately.

Three types of equipment are subject to the testing. The central-count scanners for Vote By Mail ballots and the ballot scanners located at each polling place are being configured and tested for logic and accuracy. The ballot-marking equipment used at Regional Early Voting locations and on Election Day is also tested.

The series of tests starts by confirming that all machines are in working order and functioning properly, programmed and then tested to make sure they are properly programmed to recognize, tabulate and report the intended ballot marks.

There are seven central count machines that will record results for approximately 1.5 million Vote By Mail ballot cards, along with about 300 ballot scanners at polling places throughout the County.

The public is invited to observe equipment testing. Those interested should contact the Elections Division at 925-335-7800, as testing is being conducted intermittently during the next several weeks and at multiple locations.

A public test of the central count voting equipment is scheduled for 10:00 am on February 21, 2020, at the Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder-Elections Office, 555 Escobar Street in Martinez. Visitors are asked to check-in at the Elections lobby. For more information, call 925-335-7800.

Googlar January 18, 2020 at 1:13 PM

Last election in Las Lomas the voting machine broke and nobody knew how to fix it.

It was a bunch of old farts with zero technical knowledge.

they gave us an empty mail box with gum wrappers to put our ballets into upside down. Then they probably shredded the ones that voted wrong.

Gittyup January 18, 2020 at 4:25 PM

@Googlar Election workers are paid volunteers who are trained in the duties of the office and sworn to maintain the integrity of the ballots and the election. If a glitch occurred, you can be sure the integrity of the ballots they received was maintained. If you feel they were old and unqualified and you are so much smarter, why don’t you volunteer to help at the next election. They are almost always short handed for election workers.

Nature Lover January 18, 2020 at 8:04 PM

Well said Gittyup.

mtzman January 20, 2020 at 4:13 PM

Those “old farts” did exactly what they were supposed to. Precincts are also served by Roving Inspectors, who are assigned to several precincts and go back and forth. I served as one for several elections and there were a few occasions where a machine broke down or didn’t work. The Roving Inspector would come out and handle the situation so as not to impede the work flow of the poll workers. All ballots would be collected and then entered at a later time when the machine was fixed.

Dorothy January 18, 2020 at 1:40 PM

I have the mailed ballot but I always hand deliver it to Martinez.

Captain Bebops January 18, 2020 at 3:49 PM

Me too, but then that’s because I’m usually downtown and too cheap to spend a stamp (or two). They have a dropbox there for them.

chuckie the troll January 18, 2020 at 2:12 PM

I have given up all hope of having fair elections in California. Too many illegal aliens, dead people, etc…voting for my taste. And that is what you get under single-party rule, no mater where it happens.

Ricardoh January 18, 2020 at 3:35 PM

We need every vote. Don’t give up.

Fred P. January 19, 2020 at 2:25 PM

Yogurt says “none of those things happen.”

There have been documented cases – see the American Thinker page – in 2018, it had documentation of 1132 cases, all proven. See the Washington Times. See the federalist.com. See the Washington Pist. See politifact.com. See breitbart.com… and plenty of others.

Prove YOUR claim that it doesn’t happen. I DARE you……

Once again, the Democrats lie.

Cyn January 19, 2020 at 4:11 PM

To Chuckie: I agree with Ricardoh – We need every vote so keep doing it please; however, I know exactly how you feel.

mtzman January 20, 2020 at 1:40 AM

Okay, let’s assume the 1132 number is correct (most of these cases deal with registration crimes not voting but let’s just take the 1132 number anyway). Looking at the Heritage Foundation report that came up with that number it appears that these cases occurred in the 2000s. Over 600 million votes have been cast in the five presidential elections in the 2000s. Add in five more federal off-year elections plus state and local elections and you have well over a billion votes cast in American elections during that time. I’ll let you do the math but the idea that voter fraud is rampant in the United States is just silly.

To Do List January 20, 2020 at 10:24 AM

Democrats love to keep recycling disproved issues to make the republican commentators, who are more fact based do homework to again prove them wrong, after which democrats either move the goal posts or go on to another issue, never admitting error. So, yet again, Bush beat Gore in Florida by only around 537 votes and won the electoral college and the presidency. And in one Contra Costa County primary alone, according to the Mercury News (you look it up this time dated July 8 2016) there were over 100 cases of voter fraud. I’ll you again in four months when you want to argue it again.

May January 20, 2020 at 2:01 PM

Do you even know the process the registrar of voters goes through to ensure honest and accurate elections?!? I seen it, it’s very impressive. Sorry, but election fraud doesn’t happen here.

To Do List January 20, 2020 at 4:37 PM

Joe Canciamilla, who was Contra Costa Registrar of Voters in 2016, reported this case of voter fraud to the state of California back then. There are lots of stories referencing this event including national media if you want to research it. Are you saying the report is wrong?

Fred P. January 21, 2020 at 8:15 AM

Mtz- yogurt made the clAim that it DOESN’’T happen. I provided a few instances which DISPROVED his claim. In other words, he LIED.

Apparently, you and yogurt are ok with fraud and lies. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

I rest my case.

james January 18, 2020 at 2:30 PM

Make sure that malfunction is left leaning now….they know they can win anything fairly.

Yogurt January 19, 2020 at 1:42 PM

Conservatives really are the party of projection aren’t they?

Fred P. January 19, 2020 at 2:27 PM

Yogurt., you know NOTHING of “projection.”

Run along, sonny….

james January 19, 2020 at 3:46 PM

Polly wanna cracker,with your yogurt?
Another delicate with a loss coming in Nov that will increase the pill sales all over the country

George January 18, 2020 at 3:45 PM

Of coarse it should be tested! You mean they didn’t fully test it before?

S January 18, 2020 at 4:01 PM

ironic… we send people to oversee other countries elections to for fairness …

Doubtful January 19, 2020 at 8:12 PM

I am sure you will do the same as the rest of California and rig it. I am sure we will see libertarian, independent and Republican ballots in the landfill. You guys can not be trusted.

james January 19, 2020 at 8:48 PM

Not if they shred it.

May January 20, 2020 at 2:08 PM

That doesn’t happen here in C.C. County. All the ballots are trile counted by humans, optical scanners, counted digitally and each physical ballot is locked with seals inside the machine. When the polls close all ballots materials are sealed and sent directly to a voting depot with witnesses. They’ve really thought of every possible way to ensure the integrity of the voting process. You just have the misfortune of disagreeing with the majority of voters in this state. 😭

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