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ExpressVote XL Coming to Safeguard Elections

Pennsylvania is requiring every county to replace their current voting systems with new ExpressVote XL systems that have a voter-verifiable paper ballot in time for the primary election.

Before casting a vote, individuals will have the opportunity to review a paper ballot to ensure that it accurately reflects their selections. Once cast, the ExpressVote XL scans those selections. Because the ExpressVote XL produces a paper ballot, Philadelphia will be able to conduct enhanced post-election audits and recounts, if needed. The ExpressVote XL will allow voters to independently vote in Spanish.

The system has been certified by both the Federal Elections Assistance Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of State. As part of the state certification, the system was sent to an independent security consultant for security and penetration testing.

Tests were done to ensure that election results, media used, reports and audit logs are protected from attempts to decrypt, manipulate or corrupt election data. Also, the hardware, election media and ballots are secured with lock and key and security seals.

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