The costs to upgrade Pennsylvania’s election system will exceed 150 million dollars

Written by on May 26, 2020

The costs to upgrade Pennsylvania’s election system will exceed 150 million dollars

Emily Previti, PA Post

May 26, 2020

David Goldman/AP

Pennsylvania’s voting machine upgrade will cost more than one 150 million dollars. PA Post’s Emily Previti reports to cover some of the expenses, the state plans to issue 90 million dollars in bonds that were the focus of a recent report from Moody’s credit ratings agency.

The analysis from Moody’s Investors Service notes the increased electoral integrity and critical cybersecurity backstops afforded by the new voting machines.

They have paper trails, which mean results can be audited down to individual ballots.

Older devices didn’t always allow for that capability.

Another factor in the 10 year bonds’ triple-A stable rating is the assumption that more federal coronavirus funding will cover additional election costs taken on due to the pandemic.

The Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority board voted to allow the debt issuance to go forward at its last meeting in February, but hasn’t met since.

It is expected to convene in mid-June, after the primary.


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