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 V. Tech Thursday

National Tech: Senator Angus King (I-Maine) wants Congress to allocate $160 million to help state and local governments buy voting machines that are able to be audited. According to the Bangor Daily News, King told leaders of the appropriations subcommittee that deals with homeland security that “in the emerging age of cyberwar, election equipment is a very attractive target. Rational analysis concludes that our voting equipment will certainly be subject to sophisticated cyberattacks that are likely to change election outcomes without detection.”

Colorado: The Weld County commission has approved a $496,496.74 contract between the county and Dominion Voting Systems for new touch-screen voting equipment and ballot counting machines.

Oregon: Deschutes County rolled out its new ClearVote ballot-counting system this week for a special election. Previously election workers had to hand-stamp and review each ballot, now a digital image is taken of each ballot and those that appear questionable are flagged for human review. The new system has allowed County Clerk Nancy Blankenship to hire fewer election-day workers and will get everyone home earlier. “You are saving a lot of manpower, a lot of staff power, with not having to do each and every ballot,” Blankenship told the Bend Bulletin.