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Counties Must Replace Outdated Voting Machines

September 26th, 2018 Comments off

County commissioners from across Pennsylvania are investigating their options in response to a state mandate that they replace their voting machines with certified models that create a paper trail. The state legislature has not provided funding and the costs – in the hundreds of thousands of dollars or more for most counties – will be borne by county taxpayers. Potter County Director of Elections Sandy Lewis has been investigating options. This week, she hosted a demonstration by four representatives of Election Systems & Software (ESS), one of the vendors whose equipment has been certified by the Pa. Dept. of State. Joseph Passarella (shown) provided an overview of the new state mandates, the options for county officials, and the equipment that ESS is offering. Earlier this month, Director Lewis hosted a demonstration from another certified supplier, Dominion Voting Systems.