Public invited to observe Auditor’s Logic and Accuracy test

OKANOGAN – The public – and especially those who still believe the 2020 Presidential election was stolen – are invited to witness the Logic and Accuracy test conducted in accordance with Revised Code of Washington (RCW) and Washington Administrative Code (WAC) mandates in the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office later this month.
RCW 29A.12.130 stipulates that “at least three days before each State Primary or General Election, the office of the secretary of state shall provide for the conduct of tests of the programming for each vote tallying system to be used at that primary or general election. The test must verify that the system will correctly count the vote cast for all candidates and on all measures appearing on the ballot at that primary or general election.”
The RCW says at least one representative from each major political party must observe the test that is also open to the public, press, and candidates, if representatives have been appointed by the respective major political parties and are present at the test, and shall be open to candidates, the press, and the public.
The RCW adds that “If any error is detected, the cause shall be determined and corrected, and an errorless total shall be produced before the primary or election.”
Section 434-335-520 of the WAC addresses logic and accuracy testing of accessible voting units. “The logic and accuracy test of accessible voting units must be completed before they may be used for marking or casting ballots,” states the Code. “Counties must complete the testing to have in-person accessible voting available starting eighteen days before the day of a primary or election.”
The test will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14.
“At that time a ‘test deck’ of ballots will be run through the vote tabulating equipment,” said a media release from the Auditor’s Office. “The test is designed to check the ballot tabulating and precinct programming.”
Methow resident Katie Haven, chair of the Okanogan County Democratic Central Committee said she has been an observer of the L&A test.
“It is a good opportunity for people to witness part of the process that is at the heart of our democracy,” said Haven. “Those who have done so have come back with positive reports about their experience, and all have said it gave them confidence that our elections are secure and fair.”

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