Voting Machines

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Republican lawmakers aren't committing to the money sought by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to back up his demand that Pennsylvania's counties replace their voting machines by 2020's presidential elections.

Republicans who control Pennsylvania's Legislature say a roughly $34 billion budget counterproposal they are finalizing this week doesn't include the $15 million Wolf requested.

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Voters were able to cast ballots as many times as their hearts desired on Tuesday. This was not a case of voter fraud, but rather a step toward creating a more secure voting system in Pennsylvania.

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Residents in Allegheny County will have the chance to test-drive new voting machines next month. The county's Division of Elections will host a series of demonstrations involving the voting systems, one of which the county will purchase and have installed for use at its 1,300 polling places in time for next year's presidential election.

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Pennsylvania's Senate is debating legislation that seeks to delay the ability of the state government to decertify voting machines in expectation of replacing them all by 2020's presidential elections. 

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Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale wants to strengthen state laws against accepting gifts after an audit determined that officials in 18 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties accepted gifts, meals or trips from firms competing to sell new voting machines to counties ahead of the 2020 election.

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A bitter cold snap in Erie last week didn’t keep away scores of people from visiting the city’s lakeside library last week, checking out the next generation in voting machines as county officials from across the state scramble with a new voting security mandate.

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A long-standing “gay-owned, gay-operated, and gay proud” nightclub in the Strip District is closing its doors this weekend, after one more farewell party. For seven years, Cruze Bar has been a popular gathering spot for the city’s younger set of LGBTQ-identifying adults. Did development push the party spot out of the neighborhood? And what will its departure mean for other queer spaces?

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New voting security recommendations for Pennsylvania counties were released on Tuesday. The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania’s Election Security, the bipartisan commission that authored the report, examined problems with the current voting machines being used, voter rolls, and how to detect and recover from attacks in the future.

Getting New Voting Machines Is 'Right Thing,' Governor Says

Dec 17, 2018
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Gov. Tom Wolf says it's the 'right thing' for every Pennsylvania county to buy new voting machines in time for 2020's elections, although he acknowledges it's a costly proposition.

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In 2016, Russian hackers targeted election systems in the U.S., including Pennsylvania and Delaware. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has said there’s no evidence of a breach, but it did get election officials to focus on voting security.

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Susquehanna County is the first Pennsylvania county to buy a voting system under new security standards by Gov. Tom Wolf's administration.

Independent Commission Will Probe Pennsylvania Voting System

Jul 5, 2018
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Cybersecurity specialists at the University of Pittsburgh have formed an independent panel to study ways to protect Pennsylvania’s voting system from hackers.

Election Hacking Puts Focus On Paperless Voting Machines

May 17, 2018
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As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, an estimated 1 in 5 Americans will be casting their ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes.

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A new non-partisan commission will investigate how to better secure voting machines, voter registration, and other elements of Pennsylvania's electoral system. 


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Pennsylvania is starting the process of replacing its voting machines. And at the state Farm Show complex this week, election administrators and the public got a chance to see what the new ones might look like.

The display comes soon after Governor Tom Wolf handed down a mandate that all counties upgrade their election equipment by the end of next year, leaving officials scrambling to figure out how to afford it.

Pennsylvania To Require Voting Machines With Paper Backup

Feb 9, 2018
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday ordered counties that plan to replace their electronic voting systems to buy machines that leave a paper trail — a safeguard against hacking — but his budget doesn't include any money to fund the replacement of the state's aging, increasingly vulnerable fleet.

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State representatives are trying to figure out how to stop voter registration glitches that have allowed over 500 non-citizens to vote in state and national elections since 2000.

Pennsylvania Official: Hackers Maybe Sought Voter Records

Sep 26, 2017
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Pennsylvania's top elections official said Monday that he thinks Russian hackers who tried unsuccessfully to penetrate the state's election systems had hoped to alter voter registration records to sow confusion and frustration right before last year's presidential election.

Secretary of State Pedro Cortes, however, said he otherwise has been given very little information by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security about the supposed attempts by Russian hackers, including how the hackers were connected to Russia, their method and the timing of their attempts.

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Federal authorities told officials in Pennsylvania that Russian hackers unsuccessfully tried to access election systems in the state before last year's presidential election.

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Advocates are pushing for a citizen’s commission to review Allegheny County’s election practices and technology.

Allegheny County’s current machines are 11 years old, and there’s no immediate plan to replace them. The approximately 4,700 machines were purchased in 2006, when the Help America Vote Act made billions in federal funds available for such purchases.

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An independent report from an academic group has given Pennsylvania a dismal ranking in how well it conducts its elections.

The Electoral Integrity Project—which is based out of Harvard University and the University of Sydney—has the Keystone State tied for fifth-worst in the country.

The group ranked states based on 12 criteria, including electoral laws and procedures, media coverage, campaign finance, and district boundaries.

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As the Green Party pushes for election recounts in key states, leaders of Pennsylvania's Republican Party have expressed concerns the delays could ultimately hold up President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

But, those fears now appear to be eased — a lawyer for the state GOP has said he's confident Pennsylvania's results will be validated on time.

States are federally required to settle controversies surrounding the appointment of their electors on Dec. 13. Otherwise, their electoral votes may not be deemed valid by Congress.

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A Philadelphia judge has refused the request of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein to do a digital audit of a small fraction of the city's voting machines.

It's the latest setback for Stein's recount effort in Pennsylvania.

Stein's gotten nowhere trying to get a statewide recount of the presidential vote aside from a few instances where individual voters petitioned for recounts in their home precincts. That happened for about 4 percent of Philadelphia's polling places,

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Allegheny County officials found no disparities after recanvassing some of the election results on Monday.

Participants in a campaign led by the Green Party’s Jill Stein filed recount petitions in 52 of Allegheny County’s 1,322 voting districts.

Allegheny County Elections Division Manager Mark Wolosik said the recanvass that took place is different than recounting individual votes.

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Attorneys for Green Party candidate Jill Stein will launch a last-minute challenge to Pennsylvania's presidential election results today, and the Hillary Clinton campaign says it will participate to ensure the process is "fair to all sides." 

Lawrence Otter, an election attorney working with the Stein campaign, said the effort will begin with voters in selected precincts filing recount petitions, which county election boards are required to honor. 

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It takes 10 full-time employees, a supervisor and some temp workers several months to ready the voting machines for Election Day.

 

“The logistics of getting this all together, it’s amazing,” said Mark Wolosik, Allegheny County Election Division Manager.

 

Delivery of nearly 4,700 voting machines to 850 different polling places today begins today, but the work started just days after the April primary.

 

PA’s Voting Machines Are So Old, They Can’t Be Hacked

Oct 26, 2016
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For weeks, we've been hearing about whether a cyberattack could somehow interfere with the upcoming presidential election results.

Different types of voting machines are used on Election Day throughout the area, and some are more vulnerable.

"I don't think a large-scale attack is likely," Henry Carter, an assistant professor at Villanova University, said. His expertise centers on cybersecurity and cryptology.