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Louisiana ends search for new voting machines amid criticism

Max Becherer/The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate via AP

Louisiana's secretary of state has decided to shelve his search for new voting machines after a barrage of complaints about the bid process from interested election technology companies, the head of the state Senate oversight committee and his fellow Republicans.

Posted: Mar 3, 2021 4:29 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's secretary of state has decided to shelve his search for new voting machines after a barrage of complaints about the bid process from interested election technology companies, the head of the state Senate oversight committee and his fellow Republicans. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin sent a letter to Louisiana’s chief procurement officer Wednesday. The letter announced his decision, asked her to remove the bid solicitation from a state website and requested that she dismiss protests filed by two companies that wanted to seek the work. It’s the second time the Republican secretary of state has jettisoned his effort to replace 10,000 Election Day and early voting machines.

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