Local Southern Idaho counties are preparing for a busy Election Night

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TWIN FALLS, Id. (KMVT-KSVT) Tuesday is Election Day and counties across the state are gearing up for a busy night of ballot counting.

In Twin Falls, the use of technology is making the job easier.

But for the smaller counties, the old fashioned way works just fine.

On Monday, Twin Falls County underwent a dry–run for election night.

County Clerk Kirstina Glasclock explains why they like to test their counters before the big day.

"We've done a lot of testing before today and so we know that the machines are working correctly and counting the ballots correctly. This is just to have our board of county commissioners here and any public to watch and see how the machines are working," said Twin Falls county Clerk, Kristina Glascock.

Twin Falls has been utilizing two M650 Optical Scanners since 2010.

With these machines the margin of error is actually 0%.

Making them extremely accurate.

As for what officials are expecting as a turnout on Tuesday?

Odd year elections typically show low numbers.

"City of Twin Falls, I can tell you... normally with history they have a very low turnout,” said Glascock.

Up in Lincoln County there are four separate elections taking place Tuesday night.

The Minidoka Joint School District Levy which is mail ballot only.

And that's not the only mail-in election.

"Any precinct that are smaller than 150 also can be mail–in ballot. And so the Dietrich election for the city election is also mail ballot only," said Lincoln County Election Deputy, Cindi Sievers.

That leaves only the Richfield City Election and the Shoshone City Election.

With such small communities casting their votes, it makes more sense financially to go old school with simple paper ballots over electronic scanners.

"The optical scan ballots are more costly to print. So to do paper ballots – it's just makes more sense for the county not to have that expense for smaller elections," said Sievers.

With this being an odd year election, officials in Lincoln County don't expect a huge turnout.

Reinforcing their decision to count them up one at a time.

"Shoshone is our largest precinct at 566 so on city elections or any odd year elections, the turnouts low, anywhere between 25% and 30%. So when you take that cost into consideration it just doesn't make sense," said Sievers.

For more information on all of the upcoming elections, across Southern Idaho, click on the ‘Election Section’ on our website.