Voting booths at Hermosa Beach City Hall during California Primary

Voting booths at Hermosa Beach City Hall during California Primary. (Daniel Sofer/hermosawave.net)

By Katie Orr
March 2, 2016

Going into a presidential election year, Secretary of State Alex Padilla says voting equipment in all of California’s counties is nearing the end of its life expectancy. He says the situation is becoming urgent, and could turn disastrous as it did in 2000.

“Most of us remember Florida that year, butterfly ballots, hanging chads,” he says. “And many experts point to the aging voting systems of Florida as responsible for the crisis that triggered the U.S. court’s intervention in the determination of who won the presidential election.”

Padilla is pushing for about $450 million to replace the current equipment. He says the best path forward would be for the state and counties to work together on coming up with the money.

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