The Los Angeles County officials have spent more than $300 million to upgrade the voting machines. However, not everyone is happy with the results. In a rush to replace insecure and unreliable electronic voting machines after the interference of Russia in the 2016 presidential elections, the local and state officials have scrambled to acquire more reliable equipment for the polls this year. However, the intelligence agencies of the US have worse fears.
Instead of choosing hand-marked paper ballots that are most resistant to tempering as they cannot be hacked, the county decided to go for pricier technology that computer security experts consider as risky as discredited electronic systems. The ballot-marking devices have touchscreens for registering voter choice. They also print out paper records that are scanned by optical readers. South Carolina voters will use them in Saturday’s primary.