BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - On Monday, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin spoke to Press Club on how the budget could affect Louisiana's ability to purchase new voting machines. The state is currently trying to replace 10,000 machines.
"We have oral presentations scheduled for next week for three voting machine companies, and from there a choice will be made by the selection committee. We always anticipate this process to be a highly competitive one, and are anxious to see what each group brings to the the table for us to consider. Elections is the one area of our operation that keeps me awake at night because we all want fair and secure elections with a level playing field and reliable outcomes. We need them for our democracy and our state to thrive," said Ardoin.
Ardoin will serve as secretary of state until a special election schedule for November 6 and December 8 if a runoff is required.
As the election approaches, Ardoin is urging residents to look at candidate qualifications and issues such as voting machine security, automatic voter registration, voter fraud, and historically low voter turnout.
"Voters need to be asking candidates tough questions about their vision for this office," stressed Ardoin. "Confidence in our elections is one of the foundations of our democracy, and Louisiana does it well. You may hear candidates running for office say other states do elections differently, and they do. But here in Louisiana, our history of public corruption and voting irregularities from decades ago led us to value things like secret ballots, photo ID and secure voting machines. In addition, we are able to provide election results within hours of our polls closing, not days or weeks later. Any changes to the fundamental way in which we conduct elections in Louisiana will have unintended consequences and voters need to be skeptical."
In addition to selecting a new secretary of state, voters will consider candidates for U.S. representatives.