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Vote counting machines get OK

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Kris Glienke (back), Cherokee County Commissioner of Elections, and Cherokee County Democrat Party Chairman Chuck Clark are pictured verifying one of the vote counting machines for the Nov. 4 General Election. Photo by Mike Leckband
On Thursday October 30, members of the Cherokee County Auditors office (Kris Glienke, Jody Haupert, Kris Witcombe and Sharon Henkel), along with heads of the Cherokee Republican (Mark Leeds) and Democrat (Chuck Clark) parties, and members from the local media (Niki Thunder of KCHE and Mike Leckband of the Chronicle Times) certified the county ballot counting machines at the Cherokee County Courthouse.

The certification procedure consisted of running a series of test ballots through the counting machines. After each ballot was read by the machine a print-out comes out verifying that it matched the number of ballots that was inserted. The print-outs also total the votes for each candidate and separates the ballots that had write-in candidates.

The machines will be placed at each precinct in the county on Election Day. After a voter has marked their ballot, they then insert the ballot into the counter that is attached to a fairly large black box.

The black box holds the ballots until after the election and it is at this point that the regular ballots and write-in ballots are separated. The box has different compartment inside to keep the two separate. The vote counter is connected to the black box that controls a switch inside to divert the two compartments. The vote counter has an eight-hour battery back inside in case the power goes off. If there is a worse case scenario of total power loss or the back up battery doesn't work, there is a third compartment on the side of the black box that will store all ballots that would be counted later.

General election results will be available on the homepage of the Cherokee County website on election night as soon as all precincts have reported. The Cherokee County Auditor's office will be open on Saturday from 8 p.m. to 5 p.m. for absentee voting. The pre-registration deadline for the November General Election was on Oct. 25, therefore, any new voter registrations will require a current photo ID and proof of residency.

Absentee voting deadline is Nov. 3. All absentee ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 to be accepted.

Voting hours are form 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Nov. 4. All residents in Iowa must vote in the precinct in which they reside on Election Day.

Polling location No. 1 -- Aurelia Community Center (Afton, Diamond, Pitcher, Spring Townships and the City of Aurelia).

Polling location No. 2 -- Cleghorn Community Center (Amherst, Liberty, Marcus, Sheridan Townships and the Cities of Cleghorn, Marcus and Meriden).

Polling location No. 3 -- Quimby Community Center (Grand Meadow, Rock, Silver, Tilden, Willow Township and the Cities of Quimby and Washta).

Polling location No. 4 -- Cherokee County Courthouse -- lower level (Cedar, Cherokee, Pilot Townships and the City of Larrabee).

Polling location No. 5 -- Cherokee Community Center -- upper level (City of Cherokee Ward 1).

Polling location No. 6 -- Cherokee Community Center -- upper level (City of Cherokee Ward 2).

Polling location No. 7 -- Cherokee Community Center -- lower level (City of Cherokee Ward 3).

For more voting information call the Cherokee County Auditor's office at 225-6704 or online at www.cherokeecountyiowa.com.

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