Louisiana’s elections will be getting a facelift 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, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler learned the state 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, he said.