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By John Guerriero, Kevin Flowers Erie Times-News staff bloggers
John Guerriero and Kevin Flowers have joined forces for Campaign ’14, a blog about the 2014 races for governor and U.S. House, among others. And you'll read about President Barack Obama, Congress and what's going on in Harrisburg. Check it out and you’ll be a lot more informed before voting in the May 21 primary and the Nov. 5 election.   Read more about this blog.
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Posted: May 1st, 2013
This is only a test

If the Erie County Election Office is testing the ballot software for the primary, can voting day be far away?

The answer, of course, is no. The primary is May 21.

The Election Office today started to test the software, a process that could run into Thursday, said Doug Smith, Erie County clerk of elections.

Test votes are being cast for every candidate on the ballot , in all 154 voting precincts in the county.

The test results are uploaded onto the 154 personal electronic ballots, the devices that collect the unofficial totals on primary and election nights, Smith said.

All test votes will be cleared from the PEBs and voting machines after the testing, the Election Office said. A sampling of about 20 voting machines also are being tested, Smith said.

The testing is required by Pennsylvania election law.

– John Guerriero

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