AUBURN, AL- Election officials in Georgia breathed a sigh of relief when federal Judge Amy Totenberg denied a request for an injunction that would force the state to switch to paper ballots mere weeks before early voting begins October 15th.
The state was being sued due to fears of the insecurity of the touchscreen voting system used in its elections. Georgia stands as one of only 5 states that do not use paper ballots.
Legislative efforts to require paper ballots mounted in the 2018 session, but the push stalled as a more in-depth study seemed necessary. A momentous drive is expected under the new governor in the 2019 session with the hopes of having a new system in place for the 2020 presidential election.
Success in the push for paper ballots is now essentially secured as Totenberg indicated such a system is preferable and denied the injunction largely due to the time constraints. Citing confusion and long lines that would “sour” voting citizens, she weighed that the potential problems of the electronic system were preferable to hindering the ability of Georgians to vote.
There is certainly wisdom in the decision as Take Back Our Republic is intensely focused on both stopping foreign interference and increasing voter engagement. The long lines, lack of training for poll workers, delayed returns, and doubt likely to arise in what is certain to be a close election would have an adverse effect on voter confidence.
Now, the onus falls on the legislature and the new governor to pass legislation that increases the faith of the electorate and provides a paper trail that rebuffs any attempts to change votes.
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