The voting machine searches for a political minefield

The voting machine searches for a political minefield

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – If Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin needed any further indication of the politically risky nature of his job to replace Louisiana’s voting machines, he received an invigorating and strong reminder during her lunch speech to a group of Republican women.

The women gathered at the Baton Rouge event interrupted his remarks, shouted questions, berated his responses and accused the Republican election leader of dodging their concerns. A woman yelled at him from a table, then moved closer to challenge him more directly, saying, “You work for us, and we’re unhappy.”

And these are people within Ardoin’s own party.

“I hear you,” Ardoin tried to tell the women several times.

But it’s already clear that Ardoin won’t be able to allay all the worries. A disgruntled Senate Election Oversight Committee leader Thursday urged Ardoin to put the candidacy process on hold and redo it later.

Secretary of State’s effort to replace 10,000 Election Day and advance voting machines with newer and updated technology is part of an intense national review of how people vote and how election officials count these ballots.

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 unfounded people…


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