Salt Lake County may have to come up with $10 million or more to keep elections running smoothly beyond 2015.
Elections Director Scott Konopasek announced Tuesday that the county’s voting machines may need to be swapped by then,meaning that the county would have to come up with the cash for about 3,000 replacements.
The projected tab: $10 million to $15 million.
Although the county may be able to keep the machines running past that date — when the licensing agreement expires — Konopasek said the county should prepare to buy new machines if the old ones begin breaking down, if vendors stop offering technical support or if federal regulations change.
Councilman Randy Horiuchi characterized it as a “very serious problem” financially and warned that the county could find itself in a budgetary bind if it doesn’t start preparing for that possibility now.