Voters across state make use of new voting machines, as 'hiccups' dog rollout in some areas

Voters across state make use of new voting machines, as 'hiccups' dog rollout in some areas

NEWBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA.-- As in many districts, voters in Newberry Township must dodge a gauntlet of representatives seeking to dole out literature to their friends and neighbors about their race for borough council or sheriff. 

But according to local officials Tuesday morning, many of the town’s 15,000 residents had to dodge an even bigger obstacle at the town’s municipal building: malfunctioning machines. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
State lawmakers renew effort to fund voting machines, pass election reforms

State lawmakers renew effort to fund voting machines, pass election reforms

State lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled an omnibus election reform bill that will be tethered to $90 million in county funding for voting machines, reviving an effort that was stopped by a veto from Governor Tom Wolf back in June.

 

The bill would resuscitate a number of reforms included in the since-vetoed Senate Bill 48 — namely, the elimination of the straight-party ballot option and a reduction in the number of ballots that counties are required to print per election. However, the new legislation would also create a variant of no-excuse absentee voting, which would allow any commonwealth resident to vote by mail.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Stein appears in Philadelphia to challenge voting machines

Stein appears in Philadelphia to challenge voting machines

Former presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein traveled to Philadelphia Wednesday to appear before a federal judge, seeking enforcement of the 2018 settlement that would supposedly change the way votes were counted in Pennsylvania and otherwise.
 
Stein was lead plaintiff in the 2016 Stein v Cortes case, seeking remedy and recount over the 2016 presidential election. The settlement two years later created new guidelines for machines, notably that they must be verifiable, auditable, and have paper ballots. 
Wednesday, October 2, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
DOS defends voting machine re-examination after advocates raise security concerns

DOS defends voting machine re-examination after advocates raise security concerns

The Pennsylvania Department of State is doubling down on its re-examination of a voting machine that election security advocates say is vulnerable to tampering. 

The department recently conducted a re-examination of the ES&S ExpressVote XL, a touch-screen voting machine that produces a voter-verifiable paper record, after three election security advocacy groups petitioned the state to take another look at what they labeled as “deficiencies” in the machine.
Thursday, September 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Philadelphia City Commissioners vote to stay the course on new voting machines

Philadelphia City Commissioners vote to stay the course on new voting machines

Philadelphia City Commissioners voted to maintain their contracted purchase of new voting machines from Election Services and Software. They did so despite the protest of citizens and the city’s Controller, who is still investigating the transaction. 

The City Commissioners voted in February to order over 3,000 new machines to satisfy the state’s mandate for new machines by the 2020 elections. The proposal has been met with opposition and controversy, from the questionable history of the machines to possible bribery used to influence and win this contract.
Friday, August 16, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
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