In the May 25 Arklatex Policy, we update the status of the Louisiana Voting Commission, the group that researched a new voting system for Louisiana elections.
The commission has been working on this for about nine months, and it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about it.
“The committee kind of took a little break,” political analyst Jeremy Alford said, “it didn’t seem like anyone was in a rush to do this work.”
Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin chairs the voting committee and outlined the key points members want.
“Two things,” Ardoin said, “first, we want the voter to be able to verify their vote on paper. Second, after the election, we want to be able to verify that the election was accurate.”
The commission was formed as a result of legislation authored by Senator Sharon Hewitt – SB221. She is part of the commission and hoped that things would go further.
“To be honest,” Hewitt said, “I expected the job to be done by now.”
“I think it will be a few years before we are in the throes of a new voting system.” said Ardoin.
“I’m going to keep pushing and challenging him on his schedule,” Hewitt said, “people can’t wait for us to move to a new system; we know our thirty-year-old machines are breaking down.”
A sort of open house will be held June 27 and 28 at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge. The public will be invited to attend and discover the various new systems under study. Thirteen suppliers are expected to demonstrate their systems.
For the continuation of what was said by Ardoin and Hewitt on the choice of a new voting system, watch the videos attached to this article.