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Sun Feb 17, 2019, 04:33 PM

Georgia bill would replace state's outdated voting machines

Source: Associated Press

Georgia bill would replace state's outdated voting machines

BEN NADLER
,Associated Press•February 15, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) — Three months after a much-disputed election for Georgia governor, lawmakers have filed a bill to make the state use voting machines that have electronic ballot markers and print a paper ballot.

The House bill, filed Thursday, addresses some aspects of election law criticized during Republican Gov. Brian Kemp's successful race against Democrat Stacey Abrams last year. It tweaks the state's strict standard for verifying voter registration and clarifies when polling places can be closed or moved.

Both issues flared during the race between Kemp and Abrams, who lost her bid to become the first black woman elected governor of any state.

Abrams accused Kemp of using his previous position as the state's chief elections officer to suppress votes, especially from black and minority Georgians. Kemp vehemently denied the claim, said he followed state election law and counter-accused Abrams of advocating for "illegals" to vote.

The voting machine change follows the recommendations of a commission formed by Kemp, but disregards advice from cybersecurity experts and voting integrity activists who say hand-marked paper ballots would be the cheapest and most secure option.

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