Voting machines undergo testing ahead of Mexico Beach special referendum

PANAAM CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Mexico Beach will be holding a special referendum on its proposed "Leave No Trace" law and the Supervisor of Elections is getting ready for next week's election.

On Tuesday, February 21, Mexico Beach residents will be voting on a resolution that could become a "Leave No Trace" law. To ensure an accurate vote, the Supervisor of Elections is tasked with verifying the accuracy of the voting machines.

Officials from Mexico Beach were there to witness the machine testing. Regulations require the testing to be conducted within a specific time frame prior to the election date.

"We always try to do it within ten days of the election," said Bay County Supervisor of Elections Mark Andersen. "We didn't have early voting for this one, so vote by mail and Mexico Beach site voting is the only one we'll have for a voting site,"

If the referendum passes, Mexico Beach would be joining the ranks of other local communities that have adopted "Leave No Trace" ordinances in order to keep their beaches clean.