Thousands of voters hit the polls in the Peach State Tuesday. On the ballot, the democratic presidential primaries and a controversial vote on which flag the voters think should represent Georgia.
This is the first presidential primary election the state has used the new touch-screen voting machines. Poll clerks say although rumors have surfaced that the machines can be easily manipulated. They are actually more accurate.
Voting has gone high-tech in the peach state.
"They give you a card and you push it into the computer and when it clicks it comes up on the screen and you just follow the instructions," says Joe Craigmilas.
The new electronic voting machines have taken over where paper ballots left off in Georgia. Poll clerks here discount rumors that the electronic machines can be easily manipulated for votes, and they say higher security begins at the door.
"You have to come in and show your ID, and then they check your name off on the voter registration. Another person has to give you the actual voting card that's been processed, so I really don't see how there can be any cheating!" says Gail Clarke.
"Only thing they're probably having problems with is the card, putting it in, but that's about all, everything else is much easier and faster," adds Tabitha Carter.
Experts say by the time the primaries are over, Georgia voters may hold the key to the Democratic Party's presidential nomination. An Edwards win in Georgia or Ohio could push him into the next set of primaries.
Two cities in Lowndes County did raise other issues on their ballots. In Hahira there is an open city council seat with three candidates running, and in Lake Park there is an open city council seat with only one candidate.
Paper ballots were available for certain voters at all polling areas to comply with Georgia's provisional law, allowing voters to cast a ballot for someone whose name was not on the voting rolls.
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