Poll Worker Academy graduates e-voting experts

Students of the first ever San Mateo County Poll Worker Academy will graduate Thursday after training for the new electronic voting machines for use in the Nov. 6 election, according to San Mateo County elections officials.

The 603 graduating students took a summer session of classes that focused on mastering the Hart InterCivic's eSlates, the electronic voting system to be used in November.

Students completed various courses, worth one half a credit each, on accuracy and integrity of the vote, accessibility of the eSlate, and troubleshooting the eSlate voting system. Over 190 courses were offered at the College of San Mateo, Canada College and Skyline College in July and August, according to officials.

“These skills, knowledge and confidence of our poll workers are critical keys to the success of these next four countrywide elections,” San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer Warren Slocum said in a prepared statement. “Through the Poll Worker Academy, our 603 graduates have achieved an unprecedented level of expertise in the eSlates that will give voters at the polls on Election Day confidence that their vote will be counted.”

The graduation ceremony will be held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Little Theater at the College of San Mateo on 1700 W. Hillsdale Blvd.

— Bay City News

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