Georgia's new voting machines certified by the state

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ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia's secretary of state has certified the new touchscreen voting machines the state is purchasing, saying they meet state law and are secure for use.

Republican Brad Raffensperger's office also formally awarded the contract to Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems after none of the losing vendors challenged Dominion's winning bid.

The developments were revealed Friday in court documents filed by attorneys for the state.

Raffensperger last month announced the $106 million contract with Dominion for new electronic touchscreen voting machines that print a paper record.

They'll replace the state's current outdated machines that are vulnerable to hacking and don't provide a paper record to audit.

Raffensperger says the machines will be ready for use in the March 24 presidential primaries, giving state officials just months to roll out the new system.