New LA County InkaVote system questioned

There was a story in the our local San Gabriel Valley newspapers this morning about some questions raised about the new “InkaVote Plus” system that will be rolled out in Los Angeles County this fall. The interesting question raised in the story regards the international ownership of one of the firms whose technology is used in the InkaVote Plus system:

Under a deal the county signed earlier this summer, the InkaVote Plus system by Election Systems & Software includes ballot counters and software at 4,900 precincts throughout the region.

The system uses technology developed by Unisyn Voting Solutions, a subsidiary of Carlsbad-based International Lottery & Totalizator Systems Inc.

Berjaya Lottery Management, a Hong Kong-based firm that operates gambling establishments and casinos, owns 71percent of the outstanding voting stock of International Lottery, according to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission documents.

Of course, this comes on the heels of debate about the ownership of Sequoia Voting Systems, which we wrote about in June.