In a series of phased rollouts over multiple fiscal years, the state of Louisiana is contracting with Dominion Voting Systems, Inc., for the replacement of all early voting and Election Day voting machines.

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says that since voting machines are typically only replaced in 15-20 year cycles, the time is now and understands that this process would be highly scrutinized and possibly contentious. The release dated today, Thursday 9, August also quoted the secretary as assuring the citizens of fairness in the bid process by acknowledging the Office of State Procurement which has worked with my office to ensure the process has been fair and equitable for all bidders... and thanking that state office for their help and involvement throughout the procurement process.

Louisiana will begin replacing approximately 10,000 voting machines, Phase one would replace all early voting machines 5 parishes at a time statewide starting in 2018. Phase two would include Election Day machines rolled out in the same manner, 5 parishes at a time with full implementation expected by 2020. Ardoin expects the phased rollout to result in a smoother transitional experience for all voters.

Secretary Ardoin mentioned as reasons to make the changes starting now as more advanced cybersecurity threats in the modern age and the state trying to provide voters with safer and securer technology at the voting booth.

According to estimates provided by Dominion during the RFP (Requests for Proposals) period, the full replacement costs of all of Louisiana's voting machines would run some $90-$95 million dollars.

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What you'll see in the voting booths are tab-like devices you'll swipe to vote on, most applications provide at least a two-check, you're sure this is your vote and a final stern if you're sure then click here type warning message to ensure you're making the choices you intended. The contract also provides for secure laptops for vote tabulation and other unspecified cybersecurity measures locally at the registrar of voters offices.

It looks as those these changes could appear at an election near you and soon if you've got questions or remarks the secretary's number is: 225-362-5086 or email his press secretary at meg.sunstrom@sos.la.gov