Louisiana starts process to replace 10,000 voting machines

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's elections will be getting a face-lift over the next few years, with plans underway to replace the state's decade-old bulky voting machines with sleeker, smaller equipment and beefed-up technology. The request seeking proposals from contractors for new voting...

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's elections will be getting a face-lift over the next few years, with plans underway to replace the state's decade-old bulky voting machines with sleeker, smaller equipment and beefed-up technology.

The request seeking proposals from contractors for new voting machines went out this week. At the same time, Secretary of State Tom Schedler learned Louisiana is getting a nearly $6 million federal grant to cover a portion of the costs.

The price tag is a hefty one.

Schedler estimates the entire replacement project will cost between $40 million and $60 million. With the federal grant, the state has about $8 million allocated so far.

Schedler said Louisiana's nearly 10,000 voting machines are antiquated, with spare parts dwindling. He'll be shopping for new equipment as concerns about cybersecurity threats are heightened.

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