Here’s who profits from Pa.’s new voting machine requirement

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So far, 18 counties picked the same company

Centre County introduced new ES&S voting machines in the primary on May 21, 2019.

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Centre County introduced new ES&S voting machines in the primary on May 21, 2019.

  • A reader wanted to know who stands to profit from the sale of voting machines in Pennsylvania. So fellow PA Post reporter Emily Previti and I looked into it.

  • As of early May, at least 29 counties had taken what the Department of State considers “official action” to replace their voting machines. Of those, 18 picked industry giant ES&S at an estimated cost of $48 million total. In Philly, the selection of an ES&S system has received a lot of criticism.

  • Emily and I are planning more coverage about the new voting machine requirement. She traveled to Montgomery County last week to see the rollout of new machines. I’m curious whether the requirement will go through in time for 2020 as planned, particularly for counties that already have voter-verified paper records. If you have a question or an idea, feel free to drop us a line at the Listening Post.

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