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Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said June 29 was spent setting up the voting machines.

By The Staff

 

By DAMON LAWRENCE dlawrence@roanecounty.com Election Day is a month away, and officials are gearing up for the big day.  Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said June 29 was spent setting up the voting machines. Holiway said the machines are made by a company called HART. An official from the company was on hand to help get the machines ready. “He’s going to make sure they all read zero,” Holiway said. When that process was complete, Holiway said all the machines were closed and sealed.  Two machine technicians — one Republican, one Democrat — also took part in the process. “These guys are recording the seals that are put on the machines,” Holiway said. The seals let officials know if any of the machines have been tampered with. “Somebody will have to take a pair of wire cutters to cut them to get them off,” Holiway said. “If we notice any of those are broken, then we’ll have to have him (the HART representative) come back in and make sure they all read zeros.” Holiway said breaking into a voting machine wouldn’t do a person any good unless they had a piece of equipment called a JVC. “Those are what we use to tally the votes,” he said. Holiway said the JVC devices will be kept under lock and seal in the election office. Election Day is Aug. 5.  Voters will be choosing who they want to serve as county executive, sheriff and circuit court clerk. All 15 commission seats are also up for grabs. Holiway said they will run a zero tape on Election Day to make sure there are no votes on any of the machines. “We keep that tape from that morning and then at night we run the totals tape,” he said.