Georgia's voting machines could be at risk from age
by Kristina Torres
Thousands of voting machines used for elections across Georgia are at least 13…
(Oct 19, 2015) — by Kristina Torres
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Thousands of voting machines used for elections across Georgia are at least 13 years
old and dangerously close to becoming outdated, according to a recent national report documenting the age of machines used across the nation. State officials, however, say voters should have no doubts
that they are maintained well and in good working order.
They also don’t plan to replace them any time soon, despite concerns from both local
election officials and voting advocates that Georgia needs to start planning for an
overhaul that could cost millions of dollars.
“We have done a very good job taking care of this equipment,” said Merle S. King,
who leads the Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University.
The center since 2002 has worked on behalf of the state to oversee the operation of
the machines and make sure the intricate web of Georgia’s voting system performs smoothly
for every federal, state and county election held across the state.
As it happened, 2002 was also the year Georgia adopted a uniform voting system. Every
county uses the same equipment and procedures, a process King and local election officials
say has streamlined the process.
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