Losing bidder disputes Louisiana voting machine award
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - One of the losing bidders for Louisiana's voting machine replacement work wants the contract award rescinded and the bid process redone.
Election Systems and Software filed a formal protest late Thursday with the state's procurement office, objecting to the selection of another vendor. The protesting company said the process that tapped Dominion Voting Systems for the voting machine contract was "irresponsibly rushed and fundamentally flawed."
Election Systems and Software said the bid review was damaged by missteps from Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin, his office and the evaluation team that sifted through proposals. Ardoin defended the selection overseen by the procurement office.
He said the evaluation committee chose the best voting machines for Louisiana. A spokeswoman for Dominion said the company hadn't been notified about the protest and couldn't comment.
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