TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) —Election officials in Vigo County conducted a mandatory test of the county’s voting systems Monday, ahead of Early Voting next month for May’s Municipal Primary.

Party leaders and the public were invited to see the new voting machines, and even cast test ballots to ensure votes are being recorded accurately.

The test was held at the election warehouse on South 13th street.

Representatives from both parties were on hand for the test; some even tried to vote twice to test the system.

“The first ballot was accepted, no problems,” explains John Kesler, the democratic chairman of the Vigo County Election Board.  “I voted the second time.  When I tried to put in the ballot into the counting machine it was rejected, so, that’s good.  That’s what we want. “

Republican party representative, Jerry Arnold, was also on hand for Monday’s test.

“With all of the stuff the built in to keep people from voting more than once; voting illegally.  This is about as good as it gets to ensure the public that it’s a free and fair election.”

Early voting in the Municipal Primary begins April 4th.  Primary Day is May 2nd.