Smartmatic opens local office and hires dozens in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, United States - July 20, 2018 - Smartmatic, the County of Los Angeles’ new partner in building a new voting system, announced today that it has opened an office within the county and hired local employees to assist with the VSAP project. “We are excited about our new footprint in Los Angeles and the opportunity to work for its residents. Our team members are committed to working hand-in-hand with all stakeholders to create an accessible and enjoyable voting experience,” said Kevin Shelly, President, Smartmatic USA.
The new offices are located in Santa Monica. Smartmatic has already hired approximately 50 new employees to join its team here in Los Angeles. Assembling a team with local talent means Los Angeles residents will contribute directly to the creation of the new, historic system being developed.
Since 2009, the Registrar-Recorder County Clerk has been working on an initiative called Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) to replace the County’s aging voting system that lacks technical and functional elasticity necessary to continue to accommodate a growing and increasingly diverse electorate. Smartmatic and its team will be responsible for systems integration, engineering and manufacturing of the system components that were designed by and for Los Angeles County during prior phases of the VSAP initiative that focus on security, accessibility and usability.
Smartmatic was chosen after being scored by technical, legal and financial evaluators in accordance with Los Angeles County’s competitive procurement policies. LA County’s new voting system is slated to be in place in time for the March 2020 California Presidential Primary election. Two pilot programs will be conducted prior to that election.
To learn more about Voting Solutions for All People, visit http://vsap.lavote.net/