Preparing for Election Day

The DuPage county election commission is increasing their efforts to prepare for Election Day.

Since 2006, this 25,000 square-foot building has been home to all of the election materials for DuPage County, the third largest election jurisdiction in all of Illinois.

Electronic voting machines, signs, and blue boxes are all stored here, where every machine is examined before heading to precincts throughout the County.

Testing started four weeks ago and right now, workers are checking every machine by hand, ensuring they all function properly and are ready to be used by voters.

“It’s a very busy time of the year, we have a lot to do… there’s a certain deadline we have to make. No turning back. [We] always get it done,” said Bob Bean, warehouse manager for the Election Commission.

Bean has been with the commission for fourteen years. He takes a hands on approach in leading his staff and meeting deadlines.

“We have a core group of people here, we’re focused on the job, to perform it well,” Bean added, “The results speak for themselves on election night when the process works.”

Employees are now working 12 hours a day, six days a week to get everything done with integrity.

“Big thing we’re doing out here is an audit trail, who’s touching what machines and when, there’s lots of security seals on machines,” said Executive Director for the Commission, Robert Saar.

The commission goes beyond what Illinois law requires to keep the building safe, by monitoring all of the election materials 24 hours a day.

“It’s important to have one place completely secure, [we have] cameras motion detectors, only certain people with pass code,” he added.

Saar admits that while the commission has thoroughly analyzed their preparations, there is always room for improvement. Yet all workers agree it’s a very rewarding experience.

“It’s an honor honestly because some people get to serve our country in the military, this is my opportunity to serve the county in what I believe in,” explained Bean.

Election judges will begin setting up on Monday, November fifth, when all of the machines and election material have been delivered throughout the county.

Work at the warehouse won’t end on Election Day. The commission will continue counting ballots until November 27.

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