FILE – This Oct. 19, 2017, file photo shows a new voting machine which prints a paper record on display at a polling site in Conyers, Ga. An expert panel of the National Academy of Sciences called for fundamental reforms to ensure the integrity of the U.S. election system. The report calls for replacing rickety voting machines with more-secure voting systems that use paper ballots or equivalents, and other measures such as a particular form of postelection audit aimed at spotting fraud. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
(Harrisburg) — A Republican state senator is drafting legislation to prevent Gov. Tom Wolf from forcing Pennsylvania’s counties into buying new voting machines for the 2020 presidential election.
Wolf, a Democrat, says new machines are a safeguard against hacking in a state viewed as particularly vulnerable. But Senate Republican Whip John Gordner of Columbia County wants to require legislative approval to replace machines and set up a commission of appointees to hold public hearings.
Gordner questions whether it’s reasonable or necessary to decertify every voting machine in Pennsylvania.
Gordner says machines in some counties aren’t vulnerable to being hacked and speeding new machines into service in 2020 leaves no time to work out bugs before a presidential election.
He also says financing the machines is causing angst in county government offices.