Pennsylvania has told its counties to install new voting machines, if those now in service don’t have a “paper trail” that can be used for a recount. Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres set a Dec. 31, 2019, deadline for replacing the machines, in order to have new systems in place statewide for the 2020 presidential election. But Philadelphians won’t be casting their next vote for president on updated equipment. Philadelphia City Commissioner Lisa Deeley said the city will find machines by the deadline, but they will not be put in service. “I think that we are on track in the city of Philadelphia to have new equipment selected by the close of 2019,” she said.
That means the older machines that do not have a backup for every ballot will be still be in use in November of 2020, Deeley said.
“We would roll them out in ’21, not in the presidential,” she said. “We would train and maybe do a soft opening, like a trial in certain areas, then roll them out citywide in ’21.”