LA Senate Bill Seeks To Create Voting Machine Commission

Apr 21, 2021
Originally published on April 21, 2021 10:47 am

LA VOTING MACHINES  — A proposal that started moving forward in the Louisiana state Senate would rework the way Louisiana shops for voting machines.  The legislation comes after two failed efforts to replace the state’s voting system ended in controversy.   The proposal is from Senate Republican leader Sharon Hewitt  from  Slidell.

"The Senate Bill 221 is the Voting Systems Bill that I believe will provide a much more open, transparent, fair and accountable process for procuring voting systems," Hewitt explained.

Hewitt’s bill would  create a commission to analyze and select the type of voting system that could be bought,  add new layers of legislative oversight,  and broaden the types of voting systems allowed which would  remove  some voting machine decision-making from Louisiana’s Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin who oversees voting in Louisiana.

"While the Chairwoman and I have a difference of opinion on this, we have agreed to work together toward a solution and I think we're on the path of that solution," Ardoin said.

The Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee sent the bill to the full Senate for debate without objection.

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