Starke County Election Board to Hold Public Voting Machine Test Later this Month

The Starke County Election Board continues preparing for the upcoming North Judson election. The public test of the voting machines will take place Thursday, September 26 at 9:00 a.m. in the second floor meeting room in the Starke County Courthouse.

Clerk Bernadette Welter-Manuel told the rest of the election board Thursday that the machines are ready to go. “Microvote has brought back our equipment,” she said. “They did the update on them. The machines came back yesterday, and they programmed them yesterday while everybody was already here. So the machines are programmed, ready for the public test.”

Board members also reviewed the ballot one more time for any errors.

They also spent more than a half hour setting the hours for the two absentee voting workers. In-person early voting doesn’t start until October 17, but Welter-Manuel said they’ll have to start working next Friday, to handle any mail-in ballot requests that may come in. A training session for those workers will be held next Thursday.