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Senate okays Secretary of State's budget, new voting machines

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The state Senate has approved the Secretary of State’s budget – including money for new voting machines.

That budget includes $8.2 million to replace the voting devices, which Secretary of State Al Jaeger has said are outdated, and use a no-longer-supported operating system.

"We heard from a county organization that suggested if we didn't take this step, we could quite possibly see a serious malfunction or problem in our future elections," said Sen. John Grabinger (D-Jamestown). "In fact, I heard from my own county leaders, and they would concur."

The measure passed unanimously. It will now be considered by the House.

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