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Texas taxpayers face a $100 million bill to update voting machines with equipment that doesn’t exist yet

State lawmakers approved the requirement — which attracted little attention or debate — in their massive overhaul of the state’s voting laws during a 2021 special Legislative session.

By Natalia Contreras, Votebeat and The Texas Tribune
A bipartisan testing crew uses voting machines and tabulators during a state-mandated logic and accuracy test on Sept. 21 at the Hays County government building in San Marcos. Texas law requires public testing of the voting machines before and after every election.

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State Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, speaks in favor of Senate Bill 1 on Aug. 11, 2021.

The $100 million price tag is only the beginning

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State Sen. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, listens to Houston Methodist hospital network CEO Dr. Marc Boom testify at a Health and Human Services committee hearing on current trends in COVID-19 hospitalizations, at the Texas Capitol on Aug. 10, 2021.

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