Louisiana receives three bids for new voting machines

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Three companies are competing to replace Louisiana’s decade-old voting machines, with a winning bidder expected to be chosen by June 20.

This comes exactly a month after it was reported that Louisiana officials petitioned to receive nearly $6 million dollars for new ballot devices.

The Secretary of State’s Office announced Wednesday that Dominion Voting Systems, Election Systems and Software and Hart InterCivic submitted bids to provide the new machines.

The agency intends to replace the current bulky machines with smaller, touch-screen-style equipment and improved technology. Nearly 10,000 early and Election Day voting machines will eventually be replaced.

Louisiana last purchased voting equipment in 2005. The Secretary of State’s Office wants to phase in the new equipment by 2020.

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