California bill increases scrutiny of voting systems

SACRAMENTO — Companies that make the voting systems used throughout California would face fines if they fail to report problems quickly under a bill that has passed the state Senate.

The measure, SB1404, would require vendors to notify the secretary of state and local election officials of any product defects within 30 business days of discovering the flaws.

A vendor that fails to report known problems could face fines of up to $50,000 per violation. Opponents say the penalty is too stiff and will hurt the industry.

The bill's supporters say it will help ensure the integrity of California's election system.

The Senate voted 21-12 on Monday in favor of the measure, which now moves to the Assembly.