Despite dozens of court rulings upholding the presidential election results, supporters of Donald Trump continue to make unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral fraud in the states the former president lost in November.
They targeted the current voting technology company Louisiana uses, Dominion Voting Systems, for the unsubstantiated allegations. Some Republicans want to ban the company from being allowed to win another state contract – at odds with the public tendering process.
Meanwhile, at least one company bidding for the works complains that the tendering process is biased.
Dissatisfaction with Ardoin’s handling of the voting machine replacement work so far has already had Senate Election Oversight Committee Chairman Senator Sharon Hewitt asking Ardoin to cancel the search, get more exterior entrance and re-launch a new bid solicitation later.
Hewitt, who also heads the Senate GOP delegation, sent Ardoin a letter accusing him of rushing too quickly into research, blocking legislative oversight and trying to avoid public scrutiny. Ardoin has given no indication that he intends to follow his suggestion, but Hewitt may make an effort to secure the legislative backing required for a contract that is very difficult for him.
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