By Tim Darnell, Patch Staff
ATLANTA, GA — Georgia must scrap its old voting machines after this year’s municipal elections, a federal judge ruled on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg said the state must be ready to use hand-marked paper ballots if a new system isn’t in place by Georgia’s 2020 presidential primary on March 24.
Georgia’s secretary of state has already awarded a contract to Dominion Voting Systems to provide a new, verified paper ballot voting system in time for next year’s primary elections. Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said his office has already partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and private cyber-security companies to provide network monitoring, cyber-hygiene scanning, and cyber-security assessments. Several Georgia counties have also worked with the department to provide physical security assessments of their election offices.
“Elections security is my top priority,” said Raffensperger. “We look forward to working with national and local elections security experts to institute best practices and continue to safeguard all aspects of physical and cyber-security in an ever-changing threat environment.”