Counties say Nebraska voting equipment is becoming outdated

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


Officials from some of Nebraska’s largest counties say their voting equipment is becoming outdated and will soon need to be replaced.

Election commissioners from Douglas, Sarpy, Lancaster and Hall counties raised the concern Monday in a legislative hearing, but told lawmakers they’re waiting until Nebraska officials decide whether to switch to statewide mail-in voting.

Douglas County Election Commissioner Brian Kruse says one of the machines in his office stopped working on election night 2016, and others experienced problems.

Sarpy County Election Commissioner Wayne Bena says lawmakers will have to act in next year’s session if they want new technology in place by the 2018 elections.

Sen. John Murante of Gretna says state officials need to act next year despite a projected budget shortfall.