New L.A. election system deemed safe by County Clerk

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Los Angeles County’s new voting system is safe to use, County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan told the Los Angeles City Council Tuesday. The system, which will hit polls next year, is being implemented by technological experts, Logan said.

“We have engaged in this design process a technical advisory committee that includes security experts, privacy experts and usability experts that have guided us,” Logan said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security are also monitoring the county’s voting technologies, Logan said.

Under the new system, voters will be able to cast ballots over an 11- day period at voting centers that will be located throughout the county. Registered voters can cast ballots at any of the centers, regardless of district, but ballots will still be tailored to the district in which a person lives.

The vote-center system includes a roster of voters, or “e-poll” book, and will update the record as to who has voted, but it is on a secure network that is not connected to the voting machines themselves, Logan said.

“Where I think we have seen weaknesses in that (security) process is not in technology and systems, but it’s more about the misinformation campaigns, and there was evidence of that in the elections that took place nationally last week as well,” Logan said. “That’s a much harder issue to address.”

The registrar-recorder/county clerk’s office has developed a draft plan for administering elections under the new system. People can submit comments on the plan until Nov. 19. Additional information is at www.lavote.net, or to make public comment, people can call 562-229-6361 or email vsap@rrcc.lacounty.gov.

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