VII. Tech Thursday
California: This week, the Los Angeles County board of supervisors voted to unanimously fund a to revamp the county’s voting system using Smartmatic. The contract could reach $282 million. "The contract is a performance-based contract based on key deliverables and service-level agreements," Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan said according to ABC 7. The system will employ touch-screen ballots. Neighborhood polling sites will be replaced by regional polling centers. Paper ballots will record each vote and be fully auditable. The system will go through mock elections later this year.
Pennsylvania: This week, the Pennsylvania Auditor General announced a review of the commonwealth’s voting and registration process. According to WITF, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said the review will focus on the security of the Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors--or SURE--system, which tracks registration data on the state and county level. DePasquale said he would work with the secretary of state’s office to come up with a plan to replace the 16-year-old SURE system.