Officers Train For Election Day

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) Wednesday, election officers learned the ins and outs of registering people to vote.

They are the men and women who will be at the polls at 5:00 a.m. on November 5, 2013. They are not permitted to leave the precinct until voting ends.

"What we want to ensure is a fair free, unbiased election," said Jim Gilchrist, who is the Vice Chair of Harrisonburg City's Electoral Board.

The election officers will also be some of the first to find out which candidate for governor holds the most votes.

"At the end of the night, we have a full count that comes out on a tape," said Gilchrist.

The AccuVote is the machine that will do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to counting votes and one bad move could impact how the votes are counted.

Wednesday, there was a mock election to practice before the big day.

According to Gilchrist, the last time there was a huge turnout at the polls was the 2012 Presidential election.

He said he's seeing a similar number of registered voters this year.

"We don't see much difference between the voters we had then and now," said Gilchrist.

Included in the training were also tips on what to do if a voter leaves their ID at home and if the AccuVote machine is defective. All election officers are also asked to remain nonpartisan.

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