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Georgia County Punished for Ditching Voting Machines

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Georgia's State Election Board voted to punish election officials in one county for their decision not to use the state's new voting machines for the presidential primary. As part of that decision Wednesday, the board also ordered Athens-Clarke County to start using the machines.

The county's Board of Elections voted 3-2 last week to use hand-marked ballots rather than the state's new voting machines for the presidential primary. County board officials said it would be difficult to protect ballot secrecy with the new machines. They also said they could not ensure sufficient monitoring to prevent tampering.

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