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California OKs Highly Questioned L.A. County Voting System


A voter marking a paper ballot.

California's secretary of state has approved Los Angeles County's new computerized voting system, but also is demanding modifications to address security and technical issues uncovered in testing.

Credit: democracychronicles.org

California secretary of state Alex Padilla has approved Los Angeles County's new publicly owned computerized voting system, but is demanding modifications to address security and technical issues uncovered in testing.

Padilla is requiring all polling stations to provide voters with the option of using hand-marked paper ballots in the March 3 presidential primary; his office anticipates about 63% of county voters will cast votes by mail using such ballots.

Many voting integrity activists have rejected the county's Voting System for All People for depending on computerized ballot-marking devices out of concerns about hacking, and testers found weaknesses that could allow unauthorized access.

Among Padilla's required system modifications are state-approved locks and seals to prevent and detect tampering, and training of poll workers to clear ballot jams.

From Associated Press
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