Decade-old voting machines in much of the state are creating concern as they age, with lawmakers now urging a review of the systems. This comes as Pennsylvania’s widespread use of touch-screen voting is viewed with suspicion by supporters of Donald Trump. Many already feel the Republican presidential nominee is campaigning up-stream, and Trump has suggested that if he loses, it will be because voting systems in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are rigged. “I think paper ballots that the voter fills in circles with ink that are read by optical scanners would be a good way to go,” said Rep. Brad Roae, R-Crawford County, a member of the House State Government Committee. Roae attended Trump’s Erie rally on Friday and has said he supports the nominee.
That State Government Committee is considering a review of election technology, which would include recommendations to update the state’s voting machines. Any effort won’t come in time to allay concerns about the November presidential election, Roae noted.
One possible suggestion, as he said, is requiring paper ballots. Philadelphia and 49 of the state’s 67 counties, including Crawford, use touch-screen voting.