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Georgia Senate Passes Voting Bill as Session Deadline Looms

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The state Senate has passed a bill that would make several changes to Georgia election law. One of them is that it would give county election officials discretion over the number of voting machines they’ll need for certain elections.

The bill passed along partisan lines Thursday with Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition. It will next go to the state House for more debate. Elections in Georgia have been under a microscope in recent years, with voting rights advocates alleging myriad problems. Republican Sen. John Kennedy said the bill would ensure smoother elections. Senate Democrats slammed the measure as rushed and ill-conceived.

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