July 30 marked the end of the system design phase and the transition to system manufacturing of the new voting machines. The VSAP team celebrated the milestone with a media event and a special reception with various stakeholders.
Various media outlets previewed the completed prototype and were able to see the future voting experience that many Los Angeles County residents will have. The completed prototype of the new voting machines was the product of dozens of earlier prototypes and feedback from more than 3,500 voters.
The hope is that the new ballot marking device will provide voters with an easier, customizable and more accessible way to mark their paper ballot. Voters of all abilities will enjoy the same improved, private, and independent experience.
As the team wraps up the current milestone, it will now prepare a strategy to launch an open competitive bid process for the manufacturing of the device.