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1/3 of PA Counties Switching to More Secure Voting Machines

New machines will leave a paper trail and make it harder to be hacked


Pennsylvania's top elections official says one-third of the state's counties are working on plans to install new, more secure voting systems before the 2020 presidential election.

The acting secretary of state Kathy Boockvar told lawmakers Tuesday that 21 of 67 Pennsylvania counties have approved plans to adopt systems with voter-verifiable paper trails that are believed to make it harder for hackers to tamper with results. The Wolf administration has said voting systems in at least half of Pennsylvania's counties should be decertified because of security. It's unclear whether the state would help those counties pay for new machines.

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Meantime, counties who want to switch systems will have yet another option. The state has certified a fifth new voting system that provides a paper record for voters to verify before casting their ballot. A sixth system is undergoing testing for certification. The Wolf administration says that Direct Recording Electronic voting machines (DREs), still in use in most Pennsylvania counties, should be replaced, and all voters should be voting on paper ballots they can verify. The Trump Administration's Department of Homeland Security and many security and elections experts are urging states to switch to new systems that produce paper records.

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