Changes to Georgia Voting?

By: Adam Vasallo
By: Adam Vasallo

It was a move that many said put Georgia on the cutting edge of election technology.

The state shelled out $54 million to buy new electronic voting machines in 2002, and today many praise the touch screen system.

Vickie Burnette, Thomas County Election Superintendent, said, "It's been good. I enjoy using this system. I think it's dependable."

But those election machines may soon be voted down. Some lawmakers are calling for machines that produce paper results, something the current ones can't do.

Burnette added, "Because of the speculations that the machines are not accurate, they feel that some people have complained they feel the machines are not recording the votes as they had cast them."

The paper trail push gained so much support this year that lawmakers voted to test machines that produce paper proof of votes in the upcoming November elections. If they prove to be more reliable than the current system, lawmakers could make a change.

Burnette added, "I would rather keep things as they are, and of course it will cost a lot more money for the voters."

A spokesperson for Georgia Secretary of State Cathy Cox said the state will have to lease new paper machines to conduct the election test in three counties this fall.

A spokesperson for Georgia's secretary of state said that when the state purchased the current machines four years ago, there were no federally approved paper results machines on the market.


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