Counties React to DOS Voting Equipment Directive
Date Posted: Friday, April 13, 2018

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) today reacted cautiously to the commonwealth’s decision to require counties to enter contracts for new voting equipment by December 31, 2019 and ensure use of the equipment by the April 2020 primary elections. The Department is retaining certification of counties’ current election equipment, effectively affirming that current equipment remains secure. Instead the express intent is to bring equipment up to the latest standards for security and audit. For several years, counties have been working toward upgrade and replacement of current election systems, most of which were deployed in 2006 under the Help America Vote Act. Counties recognized that while the current systems are safe, secure and accurate, changes in technology and operating systems require upgrade and replacement on a cyclical basis and offer opportunities to improve voter convenience and access​.​