In upcoming elections this year, Georgians may be required to vote with paper ballots they complete by hand, instead of the touchscreen voting machines used statewide since the early 2000s.
Lawyers for paper ballot advocates in an ongoing federal lawsuit say they plan to ask Judge Amy Totenberg in the coming days to effectively ban the state’s current touchscreen voting machines, which do not produce a paper trail voters can verify for themselves.
Georgia is one of about a dozen states still using electronic voting machines that produce no paper trail voters can verify for themselves. Cybersecurity experts warn this makes an election system vulnerable to potential hacks or malfunction.
“They’re going to be used to decide important issues across the state — various counties, various municipalities — with no level of confidence that the results that come out of those machines are actually what the voters intended,” said David Cross, an attorney who is arguing on the side of the advocates, representing a few individual voters.
Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, lawyers for the advocates asked Totenberg for a similar order requiring hand-marked paper ballots.