Louisiana proposal to double voting machines drove up costs

October 04, 2018 - 4:39 pm

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - When Louisiana shopped for new voting machines, the state told vendors it wanted to double its number of machines, to as many as 20,000 for its elections inventory.

That decision wasn't publicized and helped drive up the price tag of contract proposals. Winning bidder Dominion Voting Systems estimates the work will cost up to $95 million.

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says his office thinks more machines are needed because large Election Day machines will be replaced with smaller screens requiring voters to scroll through multiple pages. He says that will take voters more time.

But Ardoin hasn't decided if Louisiana will get 20,000 machines, saying he'll determine that during contract negotiations.

A losing bidder for the work says seeking proposals for 20,000 machines was senseless and skewed bid evaluations. 

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