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Ballot machines tested and ballots counted for Pittsburg USD 250 special question election

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GIRARD, KANSAS -

Ballot counting for the Pittsburg USD 250 special question election gets underway after some counting machines are tested.  Three machines and six memory cards for those machines were tested this afternoon at the Crawford County courthouse in Girard.

A set number of test "yes" and "no" votes, as well as ballots with too many or not enough votes, were put through counting machines.  Officials were making sure the machines either counted properly or recognized the bad ballots.

The county clerk says he has to make sure several things on the machines are working properly.

"They have battery backups in them.  They will run for two or three hours on their own battery.  I have replaced a couple of those batteries.  They are a lot like you would see the ups, or power supply for a computer," says Crawford County Clerk Don Pyle.

The county clerk says tests like this, and notifications of the tests, are required by state law.

"Just to allow the public to come and see that you are checking.  It's basically, what they call electronic scanning equipment, make sure you're testing those and to make sure they've been calibrated correctly to properly record the votes," says Pyle.

Pittsburg voters should have already received their ballots on the mail, concerning a multi-million dollar school bond proposal.  The ballot counting has already started, but all ballots are due by noon on Thursday.

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