160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Any immediate worries can be addressed by ensuring there is strict security during voting, the analysts said. McPherson said the review persuaded him to authorize Diebold’s Optical Scan and Touch-Screen voting systems, as long as counties take additional security precautions, including resetting the programmed code on the machines and keeping a written log of who has control of the memory cards. Diebold is still required to make the long-term programming changes then resubmit the machines for independent testing. Several California counties had already purchased the machines and some used them in November’s statewide special election. The machines were designed to comply with the 2002 Help America Vote Act, which in part was intended to phase out punch card ballots and other old-fashioned systems as well as standardize electronic voting systems. In an effort to meet federal requirements that take effect next year, McPherson’s office has been engaged for months in evaluating and certifying several different electronic voting machines, including those from Diebold. The North Canton, Ohio-based company is the nation’s largest manufacturer of such machines. SACRAMENTO – California Secretary of State Bruce McPherson gave conditional approval Friday for counties to use two voting machines produced by Diebold Election Systems that he had previously questioned. McPherson’s office said in December that the Diebold machines failed one of the 10 criteria he established for voting machines because the source coding, or computer language, on their memory cards was not reviewed by independent investigators. The coding performs two critical tasks – securing ballot entries and later providing instructions to election officials on how to access and tally the votes. Since then, Diebold submitted the machines to further testing by University of California at Berkeley security analysts, who concluded that some of the codes on the memory cards need to be rewritten for long-term use.