With a unanimous vote, the state Elections Commission cleared the way Wednesday for certification of new vote tabulation software from Election Systems and Software.
The commission voted to retain two software consultants to examine the new Unity election management software, with their fees to be paid by Omaha-based ES&S. The consultants will have 90 days to review the new program and will report back to the commission on recommendations for certifying it for use in state elections.
Unity software currently is approved by the commission for use in vote tabulation, but the system is being upgraded from running on Windows XP to Windows 7 operating systems.
Microsoft ended support for Windows XP April 4, meaning it will provide no new security updates or customer support for the obsolete operating system.
The new software has been certified by the Federal Elections Commission, commissioners were advised.