U.S. Election Computers Lose Venezuelan Tie

While California's county clerks worry over de-certification of voting computers, the company that makes them has sold. Seems Congress had concerns that the company, Sequoia, had ties to the Venezuela government. voting_machines.jpg

So, in addition to fears that someone could hack ballot computers and alter election results, there were those concerned that a foreign country could impact United States elections.

According to reports, Smartmatic, the parent company of Sequoia that provides voting computers, has connections with Venezuela. Some in Congress had called for an investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. So, Smartmatic sold its interest and Sequoia publicized that it is now an American-owned firm.

Meanwhile, county clerks get ready to take a step back in time and use paper ballots for the February 5th Presidential Primary. At the Inyo County Courthouse, Clerk Mary Roper did get approval for three additional optical scan ballot tabulators. Those are the machines workers use to count the votes. It's slow and tedious, compared to computers.

Clerk Roper said she does expect to receive delivery of enough paper ballots in time for the February election.

Mono County's elections department expects to use paper ballots and optical scanners too.

 
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