Addressing the House and Governmental Affairs committee Wednesday, Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler sent out an S-O-S on the condition of the state’s stock of voting machines. “I just will tell you that it’s getting a little scary out there,” Schedler said, reminding lawmakers, “Voting machine equipment is all 15-20 years, plus.” Sulphur Rep. Mike Danahay, part of a contingent that’s been investigating new voting technology with Schedler, noted, “They’re having to scavenge parts off old machines to keep the current machines running.”
Schedler also said parish registrars are having more and more problems with the laptops they use for tabulating votes cast during elections, and transmitting the results to his office.
“They’re seven or eight years old,” Schedler said. “Can you imagine using a laptop seven or eight years old? That’s what we’re doing.”
Schedler says the next generation of voting machines makes use of the same technology consumers are embracing. He says the most fiscally efficient replacement for the machines the state now uses is moving to tablets, which can then have voting software installed.
Full Article: Sending Out an S-O-S for Voting Machines | WRKF.