Judge won’t make Georgia switch to hand-marked ballots

A Richmond County resident casts his vote in the primary.
A Richmond County resident casts his vote in the primary.(WRDW)
Published: Oct. 12, 2020 at 7:43 AM CDT
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ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge on Sunday expressed serious concerns about Georgia’s new election system but declined to order the state to abandon its touchscreen voting machines in favor of hand-marked paper ballots for the November election.

The ruling came in a lawsuit filed by voting integrity activists that challenges the election system the state bought last year from Dominion Voting Systems for more than $100 million.

The judge said the activists raised “true risks posed” by the new system.

But she said ordering a switch to hand-marked paper ballots so close to the election “cannot but cause voter confusion and some real measure of electoral disruption.”

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