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Georgia Lawmakers Consider Replacements for Voting Machines

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Georgia lawmakers are considering replacements for the state's touch-screen voting machines that were adopted statewide 15 years ago and that have been criticized because they don't produce a paper trail.

The state House Science and Technology Committee on Thursday heard from representatives of three different voting technology companies.

State Rep. Ed Setzler, a Cobb County Republican who chairs the bipartisan panel, said the first step is to understand what technology is available so the state can choose a system that will make the state's elections as credible and secure as they can be.

Susan Greenhalgh is with Verified Voting, a non-partisan, non-profit organization that pushes for measures to make elections accurate, transparent and verifiable. She addressed the lawmakers and urged them to choose paper ballots read by optical scanners.