Board of Elections to Run Public Test of Election Equipment and System

On Wednesday, October 20, 2021 beginning at 8:00 a.m. the Montgomery County Board of Elections will conduct a public test of the election equipment and system that will be used for the November 2, 2021 General Election. The public test will be conducted at the BOE’s office located inside the Montgomery County Administration Building at 451 W. Third St., Dayton, Ohio 45422. To observe the public test please sign-in to be credentialed at the BOE front office on the Mezzanine.

All 88 counties in Ohio are required to conduct a public test of their election equipment system prior to each election. The public test compliments the Logic & Accuracy Testing conducted prior to each election which tests every piece of election equipment used in the polling locations on Election Day.

The public test runs a complete set of over 4,000 pre-marked ballots with a known outcome through the central count scanners in the BOE offices, and the precinct count scanners used in polling locations. After the ballots have been scanned through each set of scanners they are tabulated and compared to the expected results. If an error is detected, BOE staff will investigate to identify and correct the cause of the error.

When no errors are detected the public test is certified and BOE staff complete the full Logic & Accuracy testing phase of election preparation.

For further information please contact Director Jeff Rezabek or Deputy Director Sarah W. Greathouse at 937-225-5656.