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California voters could be asked to borrow $450 million for updating aging elections systems

California voters could be asked to borrow $450 million for updating aging elections systems

California’s chief elections officer and an influential state lawmaker have crafted a $450-million bond to help pay for outdated and underfunded voting systems across the state, proposed borrowing that voters would have to approve next year.

The effort, unveiled Thursday in Sacramento, would be the first major infusion of cash into the administration of California elections in 15 years.

“The biggest threat is the age of our equipment,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. “Technology has certainly come a long way. No one would settle for a 15-year-old cellphone or computer.”

The proposal is contained in a bill introduced by...

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