The Franklin County Board of Elections will hold the first of two mock elections the week of Feb. 26 and conclude with a March 1 open house so voters can view new equipment and provide feedback.

The elections board is in the process of selecting the next generation of voting equipment to be used in the county, according to Aaron Sellers, elections board spokesman.

The process began in May 2017 with five voting-machine vendors. Over the past nine months, the list has been narrowed to two, Sellers said.

They are Nebraska-based Election Systems & Software and Texas-based Hart InterCivic Inc.

The board will conduct mock elections with both vendors, who will run their equipment through its paces, to see which vendor best suits the county's needs, he said.

The open house for the first vendor is 3 to 7 p.m. March 1 at the board, 1700 Morse Road, Columbus.

The second vendor's mock election will be held the following week, with times and dates for the open house to be determined.