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Mock election Wednesday part of new voting equipment training

  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Feb. 27, 2020 - 12:28 PM

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Coweta elections officials continue training and testing of new voting machines in advance of early voting beginning March 2, and this week that training and testing will include a mock election.

Mock elections will be held Wednesday all over the state, according to Coweta Elections Director Jane Scoggins. Scoggins discussed the mock election at Thursday’s meeting of the Coweta County Board of Elections and Registration.

Only four people will participate in the actual mock election, and they will be poll managers, Scoggins said. But other poll managers will likely observe the process.

“It will be just like an election – they’ll come in, set up, open up and go through all the processes,” Scoggins told the board.

The poll workers will swear each other in, she said. After the mock voting, elections workers will shut down the machines, seal them and go through other end-of-election-night processes, then the results will be transmitted to the state.

The mock election is in addition to other ongoing training on the new voting machines. Training on the new equipment will continue next week for poll workers. Scoggins said she initially thought that the poll worker equipment training would be sufficient for poll managers, as well, but it won’t be. There will need to be special training on paperwork – “once the state tells us what the paperwork will be,” she said.

The state will be sending new, color-coordinated seals for the voting equipment, but that won’t happen until after the March 24 presidential preference primary. For that election, officials will use their old seals.

Board members also discussed transporting machines to the various precinct locations before election day, and setting up the privacy screens that go between each machine at the precinct.

Feb. 24 is the voter registration deadline for the March 24 election, and early voting starts March 2.

Voting machine demonstrations will be held Feb. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Clay-Wood Community Center, 135 Heery Road, Newnan; and March 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mills Chapel Baptist Church, 84 Country Club Road, Newnan.

You can view a video demonstration of the new voting system at