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Public Invited To Test New County Voting System Before Purchase

MADERA COUNTY – Madera County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters Rebecca Martinez has announced a series of community workshops that will allow the public to try out new voting equipment.

“Our current primary voting system is nearly 30 years old,” explained Martinez. “While the current system has served all of us very well, it has gone beyond its useful life and we are at a point where it must be replaced.”

Earlier this year Madera County posted a request for proposals for a new voting system. After a thorough review, Dominion Voting Systems Inc. was selected as the preferred vendor, says Martinez.

In order to give the public the opportunity to evaluate the proposed system, Martinez is requiring that Dominion provide test equipment for the public to examine.

The workshops will be held at the following locations:

  • Monday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Madera County Government Center Lobby
    200 West Fourth Street in Madera
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 9 to 11 a.m.
    Chowchilla Civic Center – Council Chambers
    130 S. Second Street in Chowchilla
  • Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m.
    Madera Ranchos Senior Center
    37330 Berkshire Drive in Madera
  • Wednesday, Sep. 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Oakhurst Community Center
    39800 Road 425B in Oakhurst

“Prior to purchasing new equipment, I want voters to have the opportunity to take it for a test drive,” says Martinez. “Elections belong to the people of our county and their input is pivotal to the process.”

The workshops will be structured so that the public can come and go at any time during the workshop. It is expected to take as little as 10 to 15 minutes to complete the voting process on the test machines and both Martinez and company officials will be on hand to answer questions.

For additional information please contact the Madera County Elections Division at (800) 435-0509.

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