HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Harris County’s election officials are considering replacing thousands of voting machines at a cost of $74 million.
During a news conference Tuesday, Dr. Diane Trautman, Harris County Clerk, called the current machines “outdated.”
“Houston and Harris County are in the market for new voting machines,” said Dr. Trautman, who told reporters the current technology is 20 years old. “(There are) a lot of requests for paper ballots now. I have made no decision. We’re looking at everything now.”
Paul Simpson, Chair of the Harris County Republican Party, called the voting machine replacement plan a “boondoggle” and accused the county clerk of trying to fix a system he believes is not broken.
“These machines are safe and reliable, all parties get to check them out, the triple redundancy, and again, they’re never connected to the Internet, never hacked,” Simpson said. “Most of them were new since they were replaced after a 2010 fire, so it’s a waste of money.” Read more.