It won’t be available during this election, but Secretary of State Tom Schedler wants to bring iPad voting to Louisiana in the next two or three years. If reelected this fall, Schedler said he would look to transition Louisiana from its traditional voting machines to iPads. The shift would cost a fair amount of money – a rough estimate puts it somewhere between $45 million and $60 million. So Schedler might first look to lease the equipment to bring the cost down initially. iPad voting would also run as a pilot program in select locations before consideration was given to launching it statewide, according to Schedler’s office.
The transition could drastically change how people submit their ballots. It goes beyond people using an iPad instead of a traditional voting machine. New technology would allow people to fill out their ballot ahead of time on the GeauxVote mobile app and transfer that information to a election machine iPad with a simple swipe.
Schedler said most of Louisiana’s voting machines are outdated and not even manufactured anymore. The equipment runs somewhere between 15 and 22 years old and needs to be replace soon anyway.