Delta County tests voting machines ahead of November election

Published: Oct. 22, 2019 at 1:12 PM EDT
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Delta County is getting ready for Election Day on November 5, and the city of Escanaba took time Tuesday to do public testing of voter equipment.

Before every election, cities and townships are required to test all of their voting equipment to make sure there are no issues. Additional testing is required if the public requests it.

"It's an opportunity for anybody from the public to come in and see how the functionality works,” said Escanaba City Clerk Phil Demay. “We test all the ballots and make sure that they are accurate and make sure all the machines are accurate. At the end of the day, that's what's most important."

This is the second year for the current election equipment in Delta County, and so far, they haven't run into any problems.

"The equipment is very similar to what we have been using for years, just with more security in the machines themselves," said Nancy Przewrocki, Delta County Clerk.

There are a number of issues on the ballots throughout Delta County. Gladstone and Escanaba both have general elections for city council spots. Other townships have millages, but the only countywide issue, is a millage proposal for Bay College.

"The cost for each citizen is $2.97 if you own an $80,000 house, and $7.44 if you own a $200,000 house,” said Dr. Laura Coleman, president of Bay College.

The 20 year, .8924 mils proposal would recoup funds lost from their original millage, as well as pay for infrastructure repairs, and additional power from the Escanaba solar panel field.

"We know that if we can do it all at once, we can save 20 percent in engineering costs, so this is really a very efficient way of managing the issue," said Coleman.

Bay College officials say that successfully passing the millage would allow the school to keep tuition rates low for current and future students, while also drastically improving the infrastructure of the college.

"It's really important for our students to be able to keep tuition as low as possible,” said Coleman. “We've been able to do that while also giving a really quality education."

For a full list of issues in this year’s election throughout Delta County, as well as sample ballots, click,