The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday approved three pieces of voting equipment apiece for Nebraska-based Election Systems & Software and California-based Unisyn Voting Solutions to make them eligible to be purchased by Secretary of State Mark Martin for the state’s 75 counties. With Board Chairman A.J. Kelly abstaining, the seven-member board decided that the voting equipment meets the requirements of state law. The equipment consists of two ballot scanners and an electronic marking device used in combination with the scanners “as a combo voting machine,” for each company, according to board records. These pieces of equipment would allow voters to cast paper ballots or mark their votes on electronic screens.
The board also decided another piece of voting equipment from Election Systems & Software meets all of these requirements except for being certified by a national testing laboratory, which an Election Systems & Software official said he expects to be completed in late August. The board will consider approving the equipment once it gets certified.
The deadline for companies to submit proposals to the Republican secretary of state for a statewide integrated voting system is Monday at 4 p.m. The maximum expenditure for the project would be $30 million, according to the secretary of state’s request for proposal.
… Two other voting machine companies will ask the state Board of Election Commissioners to approve their voting equipment next week, said board Director Justin Clay. They are Hart-Intercivic of Austin, Texas, and Dominion Voting Systems of Toronto, he said.
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