Election Technology Overview



The next big issue in election administration in the U.S. will revolve around technology: voting equipment, electronic poll books, election management systems, and other hardware and software designed to serve voters and election administrators.

The bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA) named “addressing the impending crisis in voting technology” as a key recommendation in its final 2014 report. The recommendation is based on the fact that existing voting equipment, much of it deployed in the years immediately following the 2000 election, is reaching the end of its useful life. 

Many states and jursidictions purchased the machines that they are currently using with federal funds provided by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. Federal funds will most likely not be available in the near future, so states may find themselves needing to play a role in the next round of voting equipment purchases. 

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