Nebraska’s voting equipment is aging and state election officials say now is the time to plan for the future.
Secretary of State John Gale wants to start gathering together stakeholders and make some decisions about how Nebraska conducts elections.
“Whether that be all mail elections, like in Oregon, Colorado, and Washington, or whether it be an upgrade of the type of equipment we use now, or maybe we go to all electronic voting equipment, which is a paperless system,” Gale tells Nebraska Radio Network.
He is supporting legislation (LB1107) that would create a diverse 16 member task force to study the issue next year and make recommendations to the legislature.
“The physically disabled community or the visually impaired community, minority groups, political parties – everybody who has an interest in in the system, in making representative government work,” Gale says, “would be on this type of task force. So, that’s why we believe that it’s a very meaningful way to move forward.”
Gale thinks current voting equipment in the state probably has another five years left in its life-cycle.