Secretary of State: Maine Voter System Needs Funds

Feb 2, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap says the state's voter registration system, paid for with over $20 million in federal grants, now needs some replacement and maintenance. He says the central voter registry is a big improvement over the past.

"We used to have 503 different town voter lists," he says. "Some of them were hand written, some were, you know a whole multitude of electronic voter systems that did not talk to each other."

That has been replaced by a central voter registry maintained by his office. Dunlap says, now that the system has been built for several years, some computers need replacing and there is yearly maintenance, and all of that will cost as much as $2 million a year.

He says he will be asking lawmakers for that additional funding in this budget.