ATLANTA —Jan 23, 2019— Georgia’s new elections chief asked lawmakers Wednesday for $150 million to replace the state’s outdated electronic Voting Machines. In doing so, he all but closed the door on a hand-marked paper balloting system that experts say is cheapest and most secure.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger told Georgia legislators meeting for budget hearings that a new voting system is his top priority. Cybersecurity experts and voting integrity activists say the touch-screen machines Georgia has used since 2002 are vulnerable to hacking and can’t be audited effectively because they produce no verifiable paper record.
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