The Illinois State Board of Elections says it needs an updated computer system to manage records like voter registration. Director Rupert Borgsmiller says many systems need to be replaced, and it would be better to give new software to county election authorities than to apply band-aids to the existing computer programs:
"In the long run we would anticipate that this will save the state money if we're will be able to develop this and we would provide it to the election authority's themselves."
The agency is asking for a funding increase of nearly 25-million dollars for fiscal year 20-13. Most of that would pay for this fall's general election and the local elections next winter and spring. Governor Pat Quinn had called on agencies to cut spending in the coming budget year by nine percent.
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