San Diego County Eyeing $20 Million Voter System Upgrade
The county of San Diego said its current system for administering elections is not efficient. The county board of supervisors will vote Tuesday to move $20 million for a new voting system. The county anticipates the money will be reimbursed from state and federal funds.
The county said it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain old ballot scanners — and fewer computers are available with the current Windows XP operating system. Windows XP was debuted in 2001 and Microsoft no longer offers support for the system.
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If the upgrade is approved, the San Diego County Registrar of Voters would enter into a competitive bidding process to find a state-approved vendor.
The system upgrade would include things like computers, scanners, touchscreen units and software, with the goal of making voting more efficient. The county hopes to have a new voting system in place for the 2020 Presidential Primary Election.
The county plans to still use traditional paper ballots if the upgrade is approved.