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March 10, 2006

Albany--State lawmakers have approved a plan that would let voters in Bibb, Camden, and Cobb counties use paper ballots.

Right now, Georgia voters use electronic voting machines to cast their ballots. Under the proposed bill, some voters would also be outfitted with the paper balloting for this November's general election.

Some lawmakers say paper balloting is more secure and trustworthy than electronic voting machines.

If all went well, the state could add the receipts to all of its voting machines by the 2008 presidential election. However, not everyone likes the idea.

"In Lee County, we haven't had a large outcry of voters asking for it. I think ninety-percent of our people are very happy with the system we have in place, and are able to review their ballot," says Veronica Johnson, Lee County elections supervisor.

The paper ballots could also be used in the event of a recount of challenge. The plan now goes to the House.