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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2020
SOS Press Office
Los Angeles County Launches VSAP 2.1 Voting System Certified
SACRAMENTO, CA –Secretary of State Alex Padilla conditionally certified Los Angeles County’s Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) 2.1 system today. VSAP is the first and only publicly owned and designed voting system certified for use in the United States.
“LA County’s VSAP system is a historic milestone in election administration," said Secretary of State Alex Padilla. "Not only is it the first publicly owned system in the United States, the public design and testing process for VSAP was one of the lengthiest and most inclusive ever conducted for voting technology. I applaud the input of the community advisory committee to make sure this is a system that is accessible to one of the most diverse counties in the nation.”
“VSAP allows LA County to provide citizens more choices for how, when, and where they can vote. VSAP is critical for modern services, including early voting, same day voter registration, and allowing voters to use any vote center in the county.”
"Since the first VSAP system was certified in January, my staff has been in constant contact with LA County about improvements for this new version. Our testing team has been hard at work for months to verify changes and certify the 2.1 system."
“This fall voters do not have to choose between their health and their right to vote. Every active registered voter will be mailed a paper ballot that they can hand mark from the comfort and safety of their home. For those voters who do need to vote in-person, VSAP will provide an accessible, secure voting experience.”
California Voting System Standards and Certification Process
Before being authorized for use by any county in California, every voting system must go through the state testing and certification process. The California Voting System Standards (CVSS) exceed the Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines recommended by the U. S. Elections Assistance Commission and are considered the most rigorous in the country.
As part of the CVSS, every system goes through:
- Functional testing,
- Source code review,
- Accessibility and volume testing, and
- Red team security testing that involves experts trying to “break into” the voting system.