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LA County gets open source election tally system

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has certified the first publicly owned, open-source election tally system under his state’s voting systems standards. Los Angeles County’s Voting Solutions for All People Tally Version 1.0 had to undergo rigorous functional and security testing by the secretary of state’s office and a certified voting testing lab.

“Los Angeles County’s VSAP vote tally system is now California’s first certified election system to use open-source technology,” Padilla said. “This publicly-owned technology represents a significant step in the future of elections in California and across the country.” The certification of the VASP Tally solution allows Los Angeles County to move forward with its new redesigned VSAP vote-by-mail ballots for the November elections. 

Meanwhile, San Francisco's open source voting effort has stalled. The city's vision to create an open source voting system has been stymied by being scattered across multiple city departments and not aligned with a clear project owner, according to June 2018 Open Source Voting civil grand jury report.

“If this project continues, in ten more years, San Francisco will either have created new critical democratic infrastructure or will have wasted taxpayer dollars by perpetually planning for an unrealized future,” the report said. “What separates these two scenarios is strategic multilateral partnerships, open source best practices and culture, and strong commitment under unambiguous ownership.”

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Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

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