The company whose multimillion-dollar contract award to replace Louisiana’s voting machines was scrapped said Wednesday it won’t sue over the cancellation. But the avoidance of litigation won’t immediately restart the state’s stalled work to update its decade-old voting system. Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration voided the contract deal with Dominion Voting Systems in October, with the state’s chief procurement officer saying the secretary of state’s office mishandled the bid process, not following legal requirements. Dominion disagreed. But company spokeswoman Kay Stimson said the Colorado-based vendor won’t dispute the matter in court.
“Continuing to prolong this situation will only further delay the selection and installation of a new and modern voting system for Louisiana, a goal which we continue to support,” Stimson said in a statement.
She said the company “remains adamant that no legitimate grounds for protest and cancellation of the bid award were ever provided.”
Dominion’s decision will keep Louisiana from being embroiled in costly litigation as the state still hasn’t identified all the money needed to replace its voting machines. It remains unclear, however, when Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin will restart the contractor selection process.