St. Louis Clerk Mari Anne Ryder conducted a public test of the city’s vote tabulating machine Tuesday and pronounced it ready for the Aug. 7 primary election.
Police Chief Richard J. Ramereiz Jr. and Mayor Jim Kelly assisted Ryder in running 41 sample ballots through the machine to make sure it recognized everything it’s supposed to recognized, including spoiled ballots as well as properly cast votes.
Ramereiz and Kelly then sat at a table and verified that the data tape from the voting machine jibed with a paper from the state designed to test voting machines.
The machine passed the test and is now officially ready to count votes on Aug. 7.
Ryder said she expects about 10 percent of St. Louis’ 2,534 registered voters to cast ballots on election day. Two years ago 272 voters cast ballots in St. Louis.
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