County clerk to test ballot machines

Clerk to test ballot machines

Yamhill County Clerk Brian Van Bergen will test the ballot tally system to be used in the Nov. 4 general election for logic and accuracy.

The public certification is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the clerk's office, 414 N.E. Evans St. All interested parties are invited.

Van Bergen said the county is required to test the machines at least four times per election — twice prior, once during the process and once after all of the ballots have been counted. He said the first test is performed after the ballots come back from the printer.

“This is a preparatory test to make sure the machine can read and understand each of the different ballot styles and correctly tally votes for each ballot measure or public office by precinct,” he said. The public certification test is then performed “no later than five business days before an election,” and includes “randomly selected different precincts, ballot formats and electoral districts,” he said.

Ballots are run through the machines twice.

Ballots are marked for different offices and measures, just as they might actually be for people in different tax districts. Candidates also are written in, to test the machines' accuracy in counting those. Some spaces are left blank, in order to test the machines' ability to accurately count over and under votes as well. 

This year, a snafu forced the office to commission the printing and mailing of replacement ballots for a trio of McMinnville City Council races. Those ballots will also have to be tested.

For more information, call the clerk's office at 503‐434‐7518 or visit its home page at


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