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Georgia to Scrap Vote Machines
News Bytes 08/16/2019 14 Comments

Yesterday, a federal judge ordered Georgia to stop using its outdated voting machines after this year. The state must also be ready with hand-marked paper ballots if its new system isn’t in place for the presidential primaries in 2020.

The lawsuit argues that the paperless touchscreen voting machines Georgia has used since 2002 are unsecure, exposed to hacking, and can’t be audited (checked for accuracy).

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg’s ruling isn’t a complete victory for either side. The parties bringing the lawsuit had asked Totenberg to order the state to stop using the current system immediately. However, Georgia still plans to use them for this year’s elections.

Georgia voting officials aren’t happy either. They fear the timeline for the new machines is too tight. However, they say new machines will be in place for the state’s presidential primary election on March 24 next year.

Totenberg says that if the new system isn’t ready by March, the state cannot default to the old machines.

The reliability of Georgia’s voting system was studied during last year’s midterm election. In that race, Republican Brian Kemp, the state’s top election official at the time, narrowly defeated Democrat Stacey Abrams to become governor.

Voting rights advocates asked Totenberg last August to force Georgia to use paper ballots for that election. The judge said at the time that she had serious concerns about weaknesses in the voting system and rebuked state officials for ignoring the problems. But she said it would be too chaotic at that point to switch so close to the November 2018 election.

(Voters cast ballots in a general election in Marietta, Georgia in October of 2018. AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

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1st Comment!!!

I hope they get new machines! But I geasss paper ballots will work too. I hope they fix this and More AMERICANS! VOTE!!!

I agree Nadia A.!

I agree Nadia A.!

i believe......

this is really cool. i believe that as Christians we are called to vote (if you're old enough!) because it matters.

To Above



if your an American than VOTE!!!! (if your of age)

Janna (Daniel's sister)

They shouldn't have been using those old voting systems. Hopefully they'll get the new voting systems in soon!

Janna (Daniel's sister)

@ Nadia A. YES!!! We need everyone to vote!!!!

Voting Should Be Taken Seriously! They should take this serious

I really think that they need to get new machines because people could hack into it to change the votes and that would not be good. I hope that they get new ones. It can't be checked for accuracy which is not a good thing. Voting should be taken seriously. They are not taking it seriously with the machines they are using. Voting is not a game, they need to get new and better machines, because getting bad ones in not being serious about voting for important things which might be messed up in the process of voting because of the machines. I can't believe they have been doing this since 2002. God knows what needs to be fixed and when it needs to be done, he will fix this problem in his own time. God Is Good!!!

To above

I AGREE!!!!!!!!!!! 100%!

to above

me to i hope that they make a n app that you can use to!

I wonder when they are going

I wonder when they are going to fix this?



Uh oh

I live in Georgia.


Uh Oh. Hope the fix it soon. That would be bad if when you are older your vote was changed to the person you didn't vote for. That would not be good. And I know I would be upset.

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