Weigh in on Allegheny County’s New Voting System

Originally published June 7, 2019.

Pennsylvania election security experts have weighed in: Allegheny County’s voting machines are NOT secure. Experts agree that Allegheny County must switch to optically-scanned voter-marked paper ballots in 2019 to make the 2020 elections secure. Allegheny County will be selecting a new voting system this year.

This month, voters are asked to attend a voting system demonstration and make your opinions known to officialsThis is an important step because the four different systems being considered vary in their security as well as their accessibility.

Questions to consider at the voting system demonstration:

  • Am I confident that my intended vote was registered?
  • How easily and quickly could results be audited by officials later by direct comparison with the marks I made by hand on my ballot?

Please convey your informed opinion to the 2019 Interim Board of Elections with an email to: [email protected]

Address your email to the board’s members: The Honorable Thomas Baker, County Council Member; The Honorable Kathryn M. Hens-Greco, Judge; The Honorable Robert Palmosina, County Council Member. 

Also, contact Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald: [email protected]

(He is temporarily off the Board while running for office in 2019.)

Upcoming voting machine demonstrations closest to Squirrel Hill are:

Kane Community Living Centers Glen Hazel – Auditorium
55 Rivermont Drive, Pittsburgh 15207
Sat June 8, 2019 @ 9-3:00,  and
Weds June 12, 2019 @ 9-3:00, 5-8:00, in auditorium

CCAC Allegheny Campus
Foerster Student Services Center Auditorium
808 Ridge Avenue, Pittsburgh 15212
Tues June 11, 2019 @ 9-3:00, 5-8:00

See the full schedule here: https://www.alleghenycounty.us/News/2019/6442467741.aspx  

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Keith on Flickr under Creative Commons.