California seeks funds for new polling systems

California seeks funds for new polling systems

Californians will vote March 5 on whether to approve a $200 million bond initiative to upgrade voting equipment in the state and replace punch card ballot equipment.

The measure would authorize a 10-year bond to fund county purchases of optical-scan voting equipment and direct-recording electronic-polling equipment.

Proposition 41 reportedly has received support from a broad base of California elected officials'including the Republican and Democratic leadership'state union representatives and business groups.

According to the Legislative Analyst Office of the California Legislature, the measure would create a five-member Voting Modernization Board, with three members appointed by the governor and two members appointed by the secretary of state. The board would consider applications from counties for funds from the $200 million pool. Counties would have to match $1 for every $3 of funding provided by the board.

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