The Mecklenburg electoral commission is ready for operation and the machines are safe

CHARLOTTE (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – The countdown is on for the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections.

“All equipment testing has been completed,” said Michael Dickerson, chief electoral officer for Mecklenburg County. “We made sure everything worked, we even did a full test script of the whole ballot and sent it to Raleigh.”

All of these tests went well, according to Dickerson. Also, security measures have been put in place. Dickerson says there are several machines in different locations.

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“We’re keeping the rooms separate, so there won’t be two until tomorrow morning. There aren’t three rooms until tomorrow morning, when we’ll have everything ready to go.

So far, Mecklenburg County has seen high voter turnout in early voting; 42,000 have already voted.

Dickerson says the high turnout in the 2020 election helped prepare for this primary. Additionally, for those worried about a cyberattack at the ballot box, Dickerson says his team has thought about that as well.

“None of this, the equipment we have, is connected to the internet, ever is, ever will be, ever has been,” Dickerson added. “So we don’t really care about this concept of electronic hacking that people are saying.”