Securing the vote

By Roger Piantadosi
Roger Piantadosi | Rappahannock News

Rappahannock County Board of Elections members (from left) Alma Viator, Denise Chandler and Hurley Smith, along with Director of Elections Kimberly McKiernan (right), spent most of their day Monday programming, testing, resetting to zero and then securing — with data-storage seals that won’t be broken until the morning of Nov. 8 — the optical-scanning machines used to count votes on Election Day at the county’s five electoral districts. (The machines work well, but are soon to be legally obsolete; Chandler, in fact, reminded the county supervisors at their September meeting that the General Assembly has required the machines be replaced before 2020.)

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