Public testing for new voting machine held in South Bend

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. – The St. Joseph County Election Board held a meeting on Friday in South Bend in which the community got to test out new voter machines.

The testing took place at St. Joseph County Warehouse on Olive Street.

The purpose of the testing is to determine if there are any bugs or glitches in the machine, and to show voters how the touchscreen feature works.

At the meeting, there were also discussions regarding preparations for the election, and the need for more poll workers. Around 160 people volunteers are needed for the election next month.

When asked about shortage in workers, Vice Chair of the Democratic Party Debbie Ladyga-Block said that it is something that have been addressing.

“Well, it is hard,” Ladyga-Block said. “It’s a task that we spend quite a bit of time doing because it’s a one-day thing and they have to do some training. The training is in the evenings and weekends but a lot of people work full-time, so it is harder to get.”

The last day to register to vote in Indiana is on Monday, October 7.

You can register by going to the County Clerk’s Office or by visiting the Indiana Voter Portal.

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