State Permits LA County's Conditional Use Of Voting Machines

Los Angeles County can use what California's secretary of state says is a flawed voting machine in next month's election, so long as it meets stringent new security standards.

Secretary of State Debra Bowen, the state's top elections official, decertified the Inkavote Plus system in August because the manufacturer, Election Systems & Software Inc., had not supplied enough information in time for a complete review.

Bowen recertified the system Thursday but ordered ES&S and the county to make changes so the machines can't be tampered with and
can be used more easily by voters.

The touch-screen system is used only in Los Angeles County by voters with disabilities.

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