HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on Pennsylvania’s plan to modernize its voting machines (all times local):
Pennsylvania says it’s working on a comprehensive overhaul of its election apparatus, including its voter registration database.
The announcement came Friday after Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf ordered counties that plan to replace their electronic voting systems to buy machines that leave a paper trail, a safeguard against hacking. Wolf’s administration says the move will increase the security of voting systems and make balloting easier to audit.
Officials at the Pennsylvania Department of State say they’ve “made no determination” on whether they will eventually bar the use of the antiquated voting machines.
Hackers scanned voter registration databases around the nation before the 2016 presidential election.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is ordering counties that plan to replace their electronic voting systems to buy machines that leave a paper trail.
The Democrat’s administration says the move will increase the security of voting systems and make balloting easier to audit.
Pennsylvania is one of a handful of states where most voters use antiquated machines that store votes electronically without printed ballots or other paper-based backups that could be used to double-check the vote. The older machines make it almost impossible to know if they’ve accurately recorded individual votes or if anyone tampered with the count.
The state is not requiring counties to discard their old equipment. The directive only requires them to buy machines with a paper backup if they decide to switch systems.
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