Buying new Louisiana voting machines estimated to cost $95M

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The cost of replacing Louisiana's voting machines has jumped tens of millions of dollars higher than previously estimated. And the state hasn't identified a way to pay for much of it.

The winning bidder for the replacement work, Dominion Voting Systems, projected the installation of about 10,000 new machines will cost between $90 million and $95 million.

Prior estimates had been between $40 million and $60 million.

The secretary of state's office said Dominion was the low bidder for the contract. Office spokeswoman Meg Casper Sunstrom said the increased cost reflects enhanced cybersecurity protections and the addition of a paper record of votes.

The secretary of state's office has $10 million banked for the replacement project.

One of the losing bidders has raised allegations of impropriety about the contract award.

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