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Cedarburg voters turn out for the midterm elections to cast ballots in the Community Center Gym.(Photo: Angela Peterson/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - Wisconsin election officials voted Tuesday to replace outdated equipment and update software to further address computer security as the state prepares for the 2020 presidential election. 

But the Wisconsin Elections Commission decided to scale back a proposed program that would lend new computers to municipalities with outdated operating systems.

On a 4-to-2 vote, the commission approved the purchase of 25 new computers for about $30,000. The original plan called for 250 computers at $300,000. 

Commissioners scaled back the program after raising questions about whether municipalities could abuse the program.

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Commissioner Ann Jacobs said the initial plan, which would loan the devices to municipalities for free on a first-come, first-serve basis, may give clerks an incentive to avoid upgrading their systems.