Louisiana ranked fifth most vulnerable in election security

July 22, 2018 - 1:23 pm

(WWL.com) - Louisiana is ranked among the five most vulnerable states in a report regarding weak voting security released by Democrats on the U. S. House Administration Committee. The report says paperless voting machines are dangerous, but Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says the Democrats' claims don’t hold water.

“They believe paper ballots are the better system, I think that’s just a highly partisan-charged report. We’ve had multiple elections since 2016 and we’ve had zero problems,” said Ardoin. 

Ardoin says the Secretary of State’s office takes painstaking measures to keep election ballots accurate.

“We have over 10,000 machines across the state. They are in warehouses that are locked. The machines are tested prior to each election. No outside entity touches the machine.”

The Democrats on the House Administration Committee also say the state lacks post-election audits.  
The Secretary of State's office is seeking funding to replace their 10,000 paperless voting machines. But Ardoin says Louisiana's current election system is safe. 

“We have third parties watching our system on a regular basis that we have been working with for years and we feel secure about this.”

Ardoin has qualified to be on the ballot for the November 6th Secretary of State election.

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