On Thursday, Pitt Cyber (the Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security at the University of Pittsburgh) and Citizens for Better Elections released an analysis of PA’s new voting systems which concluded that the counties that purchased only Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs) are paying nearly double that of the counties that chose Hand Marked Paper Ballots (HMPBs). More about the report can be found here.
In February 2018, Governor Tom Wolf signed an order to require PA’s 67 counties to replace their outdated voting systems and acquire new systems that adhered to higher security standards. More about PA’s path to new machines and information on the new systems can be found on the PA Department of State’s website.
The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania’s Cyber Security report released in January 2019 extensively documented the vulnerabilities of PA’s voting systems and called for action to replace those old systems with new, voter verified paper ballots.
LWVPA strongly encourages counties to consider purchasing Hand Marked Paper Ballot systems, as these are the most secure systems available. Citizens can find contact information for their county election officials here.