With state and federal primaries just months away, California's chief elections officer has ordered the largest U.S. makers of voting machinery to be finished with national testing and ready for state testing by the end of January.
That allows just enough time for state testing and approval of those systems before March 10, when counties must know what voting machinery they will use and begin designing their ballots for the June primaries.
"We will have an election whether these requirements are met or not. California voters will vote on June 6 and on Nov. 7," Secretary of State Bruce McPherson said Monday.
But he said he will not loosen state rules for voting systems, considered among the nation's toughest.