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Los Angeles County moves toward voting system overhaul

File: Ralph Scott of Canyon Country votes in the Los Angeles County primary election at Canyon Springs School's library on Tuesday evening, June 3 2014. L.A. County has taken a big step toward overhauling the way residents vote.
File: Ralph Scott of Canyon Country votes in the Los Angeles County primary election at Canyon Springs School's library on Tuesday evening, June 3 2014. L.A. County has taken a big step toward overhauling the way residents vote.
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Los Angeles County has taken a big step toward overhauling the way residents vote.

The Los Angeles Times reports county supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a $15 million contract with Palo Alto consultant Ideo for the design of a more modern way to record votes.

Officials want to move beyond the antiquated ink-based balloting system currently in place.

Under the new system, projected to roll out in 2020, voters would make their selections using a touch screen, and the voting machine would then print a paper ballot to be tallied.

Officials said the new system would be easier to navigate and would reduce the risk of errors in filling out and counting ballots.