ATLANTA (AP) — New voting machines that combine touchscreens with paper ballots are getting a limited test run in Georgia. It's part of an effort to meet a court-ordered deadline to retire the old touchscreen only system before any votes are cast in 2020.
Voters in six counties are casting ballots on the new machines Tuesday in elections for mayor and other local offices. Georgia's remaining 153 counties won't use the new system until the state's presidential primaries in March.
Elections in Georgia are being closely watched after problems from two-hour waits at the poll to allegations of voter suppression in 2018 led to lawsuits and changes to state law. A federal judge in August ruled Georgia’s paperless voting system in use since 2002 was “seriously flawed” and must be retired by Jan. 1.