NPC Officials Prep for Election Day


With some final tests Monday afternoon, officials in Nez Perce County were ready for Tuesday's election.

Clerk Patty Weeks performed an equipment run-through for a small group of the public as they completed logic and accuracy testing on the county's ballot counter.

Out of 17,000 registered voters in the city of Lewiston, only 617 ballots had been returned Monday.

Besides showing up to the polls on Tuesday, there are a few things you should know to make ballot counting go smoothly.

Weeks says, "Stray marks are not our friend on the ballots, so it's kind of like in school where the teacher tells you to fill in the oval completely. Spilling food on your ballots and crumpled ballots, this machine has a higher tolerance to be able to handle that."

This new machine was first used in March, but Weeks says historically city elections only see between 10 to 30% voter turnout, so there may not be many ballots to count this time around.

What you need to know for Election Day (Tuesday, November 7th):

- Registered voters only need to bring photo I.D. to vote

- Not registered? You can register at the polls with photo I.D. and proof of address.

- Polls are open from 8 A.M. until 8 P.M.

- For City of Lewiston elections, only those who reside in Lewiston are eligible to vote. This does not include those who own property or run businesses in city limits. Violators are subject to prosecution.

- For information on where to vote, visit

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