Election directors in mid-state counties were asked Friday about the effect of a new state edict requiring them to have new voting systems with detailed paper trails in place by the 2020 presidential primary. Their answers can be summed up in a single sentence: We don’t know yet. It’s not that the election directors didn’t see this coming, what with all the fuss over supposed Russian hacking and fears about voter fraud. Their uncertainty, they said, is because the state hasn’t yet told them what new voting systems it will allow their counties to consider. Only one system has been certified by the state to date. The Pennsylvania Department of State has promised to expand that list this summer and fall.
“We need to see some certified equipment before we can dig into this,” Cumberland County Election Director Bethany Salzarulo said.
The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania is already angsting over the price tag of the voting system switch, however.
“The single greatest impediment to system upgrades…is the lack of a funding source to meet the estimated $125 million price tag,” the group said in a statement released Friday.