Dept of State to re-examine Philly voting systems

Dept of State to re-examine Philly voting systems

The Pennsylvania Department of State announced Thursday that it will re-examine the ES&S 6021 XL Voting System scheduled for use in Philadelphia and Northampton counties next year.

Election Systems & Software won the bid to replace the thousands of voting machines in Philadelphia, the commonwealth’s largest county, earlier this year. Voters filed petitions Tuesday to review the decision, citing concerns over the system and procurement process.
Thursday, July 18, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Wolf looks to fund voting machine replacement through state-issued bond

Wolf looks to fund voting machine replacement through state-issued bond

Just days after he vetoed a bill offering $90 million to help counties pay for new voting machines, Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday announced that his administration will be providing that same amount to counties through a state-issued bond.

The move from Wolf comes after the Democratic governor vetoed Senate Bill 48, legislation that would have amended the Election Code to give the General Assembly more oversight over the decertification of voting machines.
Tuesday, July 9, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Following Wolf veto, DiGirolamo bill is set to 'take another run' at state support for new voting machines

Following Wolf veto, DiGirolamo bill is set to 'take another run' at state support for new voting machines

At least one member is taking another run at ensuring counties get upwards of $90 million to underwrite the cost of buying new voting machines, just days after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a larger bill that would have doled out money to local governments for that purpose.

Wolf vetoed SB 48 on Friday, a bill which would have raised the $90 million by bonding, covering up to 60 percent of the costs incurred by counties from complying with a Department of State mandate to replace all voting machines by the 2020 presidential election.
Monday, July 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
Lawmakers approve $90 million in bonding to underwrite county voting machine purchases

Lawmakers approve $90 million in bonding to underwrite county voting machine purchases

The House Appropriations Committee moved to approve $90 million in bonding Wednesday night to help counties underwrite the costs of new voting machines, ending a protracted string of negotiations on the issue.

The Department of State last year issued a mandate requiring counties to purchase new election equipment, citing security concerns ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Gov. Tom Wolf asked for $75 million over five years to help local governments with those costs but Republicans removed that funding from the budget, in part as a rebuke of the Wolf administration’s edict.
Wednesday, June 26, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
Categories: News and Views
No shortage of budget items in limbo, even as General Approps bill moves to Senate

No shortage of budget items in limbo, even as General Approps bill moves to Senate

The House voted Tuesday to approve the $33.9 billion General Appropriations budget, sending it to the Senate, who are set to follow suit later in the week.

The budget bill is agreed to by both chambers, as well as by Gov. Tom Wolf. But there are still no shortage of loose ends to tie up outside that bill, with lawmakers and the Wolf Administration still in discussions on a range of issues present in the numerous code bills set to be passed in the coming days.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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