Secretary of State looking at purchasing new voting machines

December 06, 2017 - 10:06 am
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Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler says they are looking at replacing voting machines. Schedler says tampering with the current machines is remote, but a new system would further decrease chances of tampering. He is awaiting approval from the state Division of Administration. If approved, the new touch screen system would provide better confirmation for voters.

"It would produce after you vote on the screen, an actual paper ballot that would show you exactly how you voted," Schedler said. 

Schedler says a new voting system would be valuable for voters by allowing them to cast a vote for issues and candidates in their home parish. This would especially be good for college age voters who living away from home.
 
Schedler explains how it would work in his case since he is a registered voter in another parish, but living in Baton Rouge as Secretary of State.
 
"I could go to that site and vote in my precinct in St. Tammany Parish without having to go back and early vote and get a paper ballot or go back to St. Tammany Parish on election day."
 
Schedler says getting a better system would help, if any questions arose following an election.
 
"Just modernizing our system gives us extra audit capabilities." 
 
If approved, Schedler says they could begin getting bids by January.

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