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WATERLOO — The Black Hawk County Election Office will publicly test its voting machines this week.

“This is something that we advertise in a public notice before every election,” County Auditor Grant Veeder said in a news release. “With concerns about election rigging in the air, we wanted to encourage people to see for themselves the care that is taken to see that their votes are counted accurately.”

Testing is required by Iowa law before every election and will include every machine to be used in the Nov. 8 general election.

The tests will be conducted Monday through Friday at the county’s storage warehouse at 818 Lafayette St. Testing will start at 8 a.m. daily and proceed into the afternoon.

A team of voting machine technicians that includes registered Republicans, Democrats and independents will conduct the tests. Every candidate in every race is tested, as well as write-ins. Machine results are compared against the totals for pre-marked ballots.

Veeder said numerous hand recounts of close races have shown the accuracy of election results. Most recently, recounts in Senate District 10 in 2008, House District 63 in 2012 and the Waterloo mayoral race in 2013 confirmed the results initially reported.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been charging the upcoming Nov. 8 election is “rigged” against him and has been alleging the possibility of widespread voter fraud.

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, a Republican, has disputed Trump’s claims.

Questions about the public test in Black Hawk County and other election matters may be directed to the Election Office at 833-3007 or election@co.black-hawk.ia.us.

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Waterloo City Reporter

Waterloo city reporter for the Courier

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