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UPDATE: Last day to participate in the Webb County Elections Office mock election

The Webb County Elections Office will be conducting a mock election to test out its new voting machines
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 11:16 AM CDT|Updated: May. 3, 2021 at 8:20 PM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) -

UPDATE: Just a friendly reminder that today, Friday, May 7, 2021, is the last day to participate in the Elections Office Mock Election.

Locations are open until 5 p.m. and sites are available by clicking on the following link:

http://www.webbcountytx.gov/ElectionsAdministration/

More than five months after the 2020 presidential election, some lawmakers remain adamant that voter fraud is common in the U.S.

Local officials are taking extra measures to ensure that those claims are not directed at our community.

Republican controlled states continue to tighten voter restriction laws.

In Florida, the house and senate passed an election bill that includes a slew of changes to the state’s election laws, including restrictions on drop boxes and voting by mail.

Here at home, election workers are hosting a mock election to restore confidence in voters.

“I thought in discussing the concerns that the public has expressed to me as the elections administrator, and in light of some of the other comments that have been made at a national level and the other types of equipment that are out there, I thought it was important to the give the voters of Webb County an opportunity to try the new equipment,” said Jose Salvador Tellez.

The equipment in question is being used for the first time this week following a grant that awarded the county close to a $120,000.

It was purchased in October, prior to the presidential election, but administrators wanted the public to be comfortable before it was used in a major race.

“The machines are set up in such away that you can increase the size of the font. You can change the language from English to Spanish. If you want to vote in Spanish, though it’s not a long ballot- it’s just five questions.”

The mock ballot has several fictitious races that are listed with fictitious names of politicians- then, it’s followed by three questions dealing with several concerns with the state of Texas, including “which is your favorite point of interest” and “which is your favorite sports team?”

There are multiple chances to double check your choices before your ballot is printed.

“I think it’s a lot easier, the process is a lot faster- since once you go into the ExpressVote, you vote on it, then you go to the precinct scanner,” said Sandra D. Pottin. “It tells you right then and there your ballot has been accounted for.”

With claims of fraud being made across the country concerning mail-in ballots, local administrators feel the mock election will put voters at ease.

“If you know how to use a cell phone, if you know how to use a computer at home, but more importantly, a cell phone, you should not have a problem using the ExpressVote machine.”

The public is invited to take part and see first-hand how the new voting equipment works.

To learn more, you can head over to the Webb County elections website.

The locations will vary throughout the week.

The only two voting sites that will be open all week are the Billy Hall Administrative Building and the Joe Guerra Laredo Public Library.

The sites are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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