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.