Los Angeles County officials voted Tuesday to spend roughly $300 million on a major redesign of its voting system in anticipation of the 2020 presidential election, even as an independent consultant investigates a glitch in the existing process that led to nearly 120,000 voters being left off polling place rosters last week. The new system, which has an electronic interface at the polling place but generates a paper ballot for record keeping, is part of a broader update that includes allowing voters to cast a ballot over an 11-day period prior to and including Election Day. The county will also do away with assigning traditional polling places and instead allow voters to drop in at any vote center convenient to them.
The overall goal is to increase engagement and access, by making voting easier, as well as to ensure system security, Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan told the board.
“While not a panacea for all issues and concerns, … this new voting model and the systems that support it will significantly reduce the likelihood of error and disruption in the voting process and will increase our ability to appropriately and quickly triage such occurrences,” Logan said.