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BILL WEST / Star Beacon CITIZENS CAST their votes Tuesday at the Lake Front Elks Club on Lake Road in Ashtabula.

JEFFERSON — The general election is three weeks away and voting machines at the Ashtabula County Board of Elections are tested and ready to roll.

Board of Elections Director Charlie Frye said last week’s logic and accuracy testing of voting machines, or L&A testing, went smooth and quick. L&A testing is akin to a mock election and machines are tested to ensure they are properly running, Frye said.

L&A testing was once a two-day process because machines had to be physically moved to a location and set up prior to the test, but Frye said it can now be done in around four hours. The process and method of performing the tests was streamlined and the machines are now stored directly in the room where the tests are performed.

“We should be able to get all of our L&A testing done in four hours,” Frye said. “It used to be a two-day process, but now we’ve got it to a little more than half a day.”

Tightening up the testing process will result in savings because when tests are performed an outside agency comes in to oversee the process at a cost of $1,750 per day.

Board of Elections member Luanne Laasko said it is good to hear that L&A testing has been streamlined.

“Not only are we saving time, we are saving money,” she said.

Those who oversee the polls on election night are also ready to go. More than 400 poll workers are trained along with six rovers who travel to polling locations to address any problems or issues that may occur on election night, Frye said.

“We are actually in desperate need of poll workers if anyone wants to be a democrat or republican poll worker they can call our office,” Frye said. “There is a block of time set up just to train new workers.”

In other business, the board of elections moved to refer a possible case of voter fraud to the prosecutor’s office for review. A man whose parents own vacant property on Route 6 in Rome Township is accused of using the address of a neighboring property to register to vote.

BOX: The Ashtabula County Board of Elections needs poll workers. To be eligible, a person must be a registered democrat or republican. Workers receive $10 for training and $119 on election day. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. For more information call 440-576-6915.

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