Georgia bill seeks to end touch-screen voting

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March 1, 2010

ATLANTA, Georgia: Last month Rep. Tim Bearden filed House Bill 1215, which proposes eliminating the state's current touch-screen voting machines. Specifically the bill would require paper records and hand recounts in contested elections. Current touch-screen voting machines do not produce paper records and only record votes electronically.[1] Voter GA, a nonprofit organization in support of the legislation, said "The intent is to confirm that votes are being counted correctly on Election Day at the source where they are originally created." However, opponents of the proposed legislation argue that the cost of changing the voting system across the state may be too high to implement considering the state's economic status. Supporters argue that the cost in the long run would be smaller than programming the current machines. According to state officials touch-screen machines have are well liked by voters and are easy to use. But the current inability to recount votes by hand is a great concern, said critics of the current electronic method.[2]

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