Madison County voting machines put to the test

Valley Votes 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison County’s voting machines were put to a public test Wednesday, ahead of the July 15 primary runoffs. The test is required by state law.

Madison County Elections Administrator Frank Barger says the run-through was actually the third test for the machines. The first occurred in Birmingham after the data boxes were programmed. Once the boxes were returned to Madison County, they underwent a second analysis.

The public test gives representatives from the local Republican and Democratic parties, as well as the general public, an opportunity to randomly inspect the machines. However, with no Democratic runoff election in Madison County, local GOP leaders were the only ones to participate Wednesday.

Across the state, elections officials are predicting low turnout Tuesday. The Secretary of State’s office puts the number at around 5 percent.

To help you prepare for the elections, WHNT News 19 has compiled a list of sample ballots from across North Alabama which may be found here.