Tarrant County Elections invites the public to participate in a test of the county’s voting system March 15 ahead of the May municipal elections. Public participation will begin at 9 a.m. at Tarrant County Elections, 2700 Premier St., Fort Worth.

According to Tarrant County, as was done last September for the November election, the elections office invites the public to participate in the validation process of the voting equipment as required by law. Both machine and hand-marked ballots will be available. These ballots will have the same races and propositions as will appear on the May ballot, but these ballots will only be used to validate the results produced by the machines. None of the votes cast March 15 will have any effect on the upcoming election.

“When we finish accepting ballots, we’ll tally and compare the results with the voting system,” said Troy Havard, Tarrant County assistant elections administrator.