Thursday, June 14, 2018

New Voting System Coming to LA County

A week after a huge glitch during the California Primary, Los Angeles County moved to Modernize its Voting System. It comes with a Big Price Tag and a lot of Questions.

Los Angeles County is launching an Independent Review of the Error that resulted in Voters' Names being left Off Polling Place Rosters on the day of the California Primary Election. L.A. County's Chief Information Officer and Auditor-Controller will work with an Independent Third Party to Conduct the Analysis and Evaluation, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan's Office said in a Statement.

A Total of 1,530 Voting Locations were affected, and 118,522 Voters' Names were Omitted from the Lists, Officials said earlier this week. The issue stemmed from an Apparent Printing Error.

County Officials said they are continuing to Prioritize Processing and Counting Provisional Ballots Cast by Voters who were affected by the Printing Error. According to the Statement, County Officials initiated the following actions following the Election:

- Expediting the Processing of Provisional Ballots Cast by Voters who appeared at their Assigned Polling Place to Vote and were Not Listed in the Roster.

- Voters will be Notified through Letters and, where applicable, by Email or Automatic Phone Calls that their Provisional Ballot was Received, Processed, and Counted.

The troubling lapse did not deter the Board of Supervisors from delivering a huge Vote of Support to County Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan on Tuesday.

The Board voted Unanimously to Fund Logan’s Plan for a massive Overhaul of the Voting System. A Contractor, Smartmatic, will be hired for Terms that could reach $282 million.

Logan said Safeguards for the County are built in. “The contract is a performance-based contract based on key deliverables and service-level agreements,” said Logan.

The Supervisors said that last week’s Massive Glitch is symptomatic of an Antiquated System. Logan said that the New System is not a Panacea, but it will make Trouble-Shooting much Faster.

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.

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