Philadelphia officials are focused on getting new voting machines to replace the original crop of electronic machines, now more than a decade old. But a bit of bureaucracy may hinder the purchase. The mayor’s new budget sets aside $22 million for new voting machines, with the hope to having them in place for the May 2017 primary. At a city council budget hearing this past week, Chief Information Officer Adel Ebeid said the current machines are past their useful life.
“The machines are old, they’re starting to fail, we better do something.”
So officials are now starting to look at newer voting machine technology — including machines that are less vulnerable to hacking or tampering.