An 11-county council in central Pennsylvania has gone on record opposing the state mandate that counties to replace their voting machines. SEDA-Council of Governments, a public development organization, on Wednesday became the latest body to criticize the state requirement that by Dec. 31, 2019, all voting systems must create a verifiable paper trail. SEDA-COG’s resolution also calls on the state to provide full funding to any county that is required to replace its voting equipment. The estimated cost of replacing all voting machines in the state is $125 million.
SEDA board members, who include county commissioners, pointed out the machines now in use are not connected to the Internet, so are in no danger of being hacked.
They contend the current paper trail meets the new criteria based on random testing that showed the electronic and paper counts matched.