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Georgia House Approves New Electronic Voting Machines

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Georgia House lawmakers approved using new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper ballot by 2020, a big step toward replacing an outdated system that offered no verifiable paper trail.

The proposal disregards cybersecurity experts who say hand-marked paper ballots are more secure.

The bill passed Tuesday, largely along partisan lines with Republicans in support. It now awaits Senate consideration.

The vote comes months after a contentious race for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp, who won.

The proposed system would include touchscreens where voters make their selections, then print a paper ballot that's counted after being scanned.

Republican Rep. Barry Fleming says it's the only system that won't force disabled voters to use a different method.

Credit Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP
Rep. Robert Trammell, D- Luthersville, house minority leader, who prefers paper ballots marked in with a pen, speaks about House Bill 316 during the House Governmental Affairs Committee, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Atlanta.

Democrats say the system can't be meaningfully audited and will further erode voter confidence.

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