"By law, one disabled-access machine is required per precinct to
provide audio recordings, magnified texts and large-button keypads.
State officials certified Sequoia touch screens for such use in
Santa Clara County under "severe restrictions" given the "serious
security vulnerabilities." The county now uses just 785 of the
5,500 machines it bought shortly after former Registrar of Voters
Kathryn Ferguson took a job with Sequoia.
"The county bought the machines under a federal court order to
replace its outdated punch-card system. But on Tuesday, with
record-high turnout of almost 85 percent, the vulnerabilities of
touch-screen voting re-emerged — prompting the registrar's
office to stress again its new focus on early voting and voting by
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