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electionlineWeekly — February 9, 2017

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 VI. Tech Thursday

Florida: The Lee County Supervisor of Elections website was recently hacked to show an anti-ISIS message. According to Supervisor of Elections Tommy Doyle, a recent upgrade to the website made it easier to a hack. No voter records were affected.

South Carolina: While many states and counties are buying, or contemplating buying, new voting equipment, the South Carolina Election Commission is considering spending up to $8.8 million to refurbish the state’s more than 12,000 existing voting machines. Refreshing the machines would include installing new touch screens, purchasing new batteries, adding new wheels and replacing communication packs. Optical scans that read ballots would also be replaced under the plan.

Texas: Following up on a post from last week, Hidalgo County commissioners finally formally approved of spending $5.4 million on 800 new voting machines. The voting machines were already in the county courtesy of Hart InterCivic, but the commission had failed to approve of the payment.