Top Pennsylvania elections official: 'High confidence' in new voting machines

Tony Romeo
February 20, 2020 - 4:00 am
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Faced with a grilling by lawmakers, Pennsylvania’s top elections official says she has "high confidence" in new voting machines being rolled out across the state.

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar testified at House budget hearing a day after she spent hours on the witness stand in federal court, defending Philadelphia’s new voting machines against a lawsuit seeking to stop their deployment. 

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Gov. Tom Wolf has directed all counties to switch to voting machines with a paper trail. 

Under questioning from Republican Matt Gabler, who criticized the administration’s timeline for the new machines, Boockvar said she has "high confidence" in the way counties will handle new machines and recent changes to state election law.

Boockvar also says the plaintiffs in the lawsuit have withdrawn their request to have Philadelphia’s new voting machines blocked before the April primary.