In advance of the start of early voting on April 10, Porter County Clerk
Karen Martin and Election Board President David Bengs conducted a public
test of the election equipment on Friday.
The test took place in the storage room near the entrance of the Porter
County Administration Building's parking garage, where the Election Systems
and Software machines are stored year-round. Dennis Rzepka, an account
manager with ESS, was present to help test the machines.
Rzepka said state law requires that the County test a sample of at least 5
percent of the machines. Porter County usually tests 10 percent. The group
laid 12 ballot readers out on tables and tested them one-by-one. The 12
machines tested are from a group of 123--one machine for each precinct--Rzepka
Bengs and Martin scanned dummy ballots through each machine and checked to
make sure the results reflected the markings on the ballots accurately. The
machines all passed the test.