(File photo from the 2018 election by Alex Wilson, KVTA News)
Concern about the cybersecurity of our future elections in Ventura County has officials installing a new voting system that will combine the past with the future when it comes to counting votes.
The new $4 million system will use touch screen to cast ballots that are then printed out and dropped into a ballot box.
The hard copy that is dropped into the ballot box is saved.
That way, if there is a question about the electronic results, the paper ballots will serve as a back up to confirm the vote.
And, if you do not want to use the touch screen the polling place, you can vote a paper ballot and then drop it in the ballot box-scanner.
Vote-by-mail ballots, which comprise most of the votes cast in elections these days, will be improved and made easier to fill out.
There will also be no need to put a stamp on it no matter from where it's mailed.
The new system should be ready for next year's Presidential Primary election in California on March 3rd.
The voting system itself is protected because it is not connected to the Internet or Cloud.
The cost for all the improvements and upgrades is being funded through State and Federal grants.
For more information and a video go to: https://recorder.countyofventura.org/elections/