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Charlottesville Voting Equipment Tested, Locked Ahead of Election Day

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The Charlottesville registrar's office tested voting equipment and locked down voting machines Thursday in preparation for Election Day next week. Election officials want to make sure everything is running smoothly for voters come Tuesday.

The Charlottesville Electoral Board cast fake ballots Thursday to make sure any combination of entries would work with the software. Now, the machines won't be opened until Tuesday morning.

"The chief election official, in the presence of other election officials, will break the seal and then open up the machine, set it up, plug it in, make sure everything is working properly so that by 6 a.m. people can start voting,” said Richard Sincere, electoral board member.

Board members say, at the polls, there will also be accommodations for people with disabilities. There will be headphones for the blind, and mobile voting booths for those who can't walk.

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