Georgians could be casting their ballots on different equipment if a bill to eliminate the current touch-screen machines passes the General Assembly.
The House Bill 1215, sponsored by state Rep. Tim Bearden, R-Villa Rica, sets a July 1 deadline to replace the electronic voting systems statewide.
Voter GA, a nonprofit organization suing to ban the electronic machines, issued a statement Monday in support of the bill. They argue that candidates and voters can never be sure of the election results since the machines don’t print paper records that can be recounted by hand if necessary.
“The intent is to confirm that votes are being counted correctly on Election Day at the source where they are originally created,” the statement says.
The group estimates statewide replacement of the machines would cost $30 million.