- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska’s new Secretary of State is looking to replace outdated voting equipment with new machines in all 93 counties.

Secretary of State Bob Evnen said Wednesday that the current vote-counting machines are still accurate and secure, but replacement parts to fix them have become scarce and better equipment is now available.

The secretary of state’s office requested funding for the machines in a budget proposal to Gov. Pete Ricketts, who in turn recommended it to the Legislature earlier this month.

Evnen says the machines will help ensure that Nebraska’s elections remain secure, reliable and accurate. If lawmakers approve funding, county officials will receive new equipment and training prior to the May 2020 statewide primary election.

Evnen’s comments echo concerns raised by his predecessor, former Secretary of State John Gale.

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