Minnesota secretary of state wants to replace aging voting machines

December 14, 2015

Minnesota's aging voting machines are wearing out and will soon need to be replaced.

That's the message Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said he heard "loud and clear" from local officials during his recently completed tour of all 87 Minnesota counties.

Most cities, counties and townships use electronic election equipment that is at least 10 years old and getting close to its "10- to 15-year useful lifespan -- and 15 is sort of a stretch," Simon said in a recent interview.

There's a growing risk the voting machines will fail or crash, resulting in lost votes or long lines at polling places.  Read more: