MEDFORD, Ore. — As of this afternoon, 16 percent of registered voters in Jackson County had turned in their ballots, and officials expect that number to increase to twenty percent by the end of the day.
Tuesday morning, Jackson County Clerk Chris Walker ran a test on the tabulator’s software to make sure the system is ready to go. Speed and accuracy are the top priorities and Walker said she will run the test one more time this week before ballots are officially tabulated. The county has received approval from the secretary of state to get a jump on tabulating ballots which is expected to begin on Friday.
“We’ve been approved to do early tabulation. A lot of the larger counties like that because it aids us to get those results out. No results will be released until 8:00pm on election night,” said Walker.
Walker said the ability to tabulate early allows the elections office to get results out faster and the machines have also lessen the possibility of human error.