(Neb)-Gale Warning Neb Vote-Counting Machines Are Out-Dated
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Outgoing Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale says the state's vote-counting machines are outdated and becoming increasingly difficult to repair, but no one is sure how to pay for an upgrade.
Gale says election officials can probably continue with the current equipment through the 2020 election, but beyond that they'll be "in more of a crisis mode."
The state last upgraded election equipment in 2006, but the vast majority of the funding came from the federal government in response to the problems that arose in the 2000 presidential election - especially in Florida.
Nebraska did receive another $3.5 million in federal funding earlier this year, but that's far short of the estimated $12.6 million replacement costs - especially with the state facing a projected $95-million dollar budget shortfall for the next biennium.
Many states are in a similar predicament and hope to avoid the recount problems that plagued states like Florida in this month's election.
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