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Legislators want to ban electronic voting machines

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A gubernatorial candidate wants to outlaw Georgia's existing electronic voting machines. Tifton Republican State Representative Austin Scott co-sponsored a bill to replace the machines with optical scan voting equipment.

Critics say with no paper trail, the current machines can't produce election results that can be properly verified, audited and recounted. The new equipment would cost more than $30 Million.

Dougherty Elections Supervisor Ginger Nickerson says the equipment used now works fine, and she doesn't see the need for a switch. "I feel that the Secretary of State has done their due diligence to make sure that this process is safe and there is no tampering and that the voters have a right to vote and it's easy access and it's fast."

Most other states have already replaced or suspended the use of similar electronic voting machines.

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