Along with a new Georgia election system, a government panel is also proposing changes to state laws intended to make voting easier and more accurate. The panel, appointed by Gov.-elect Brian Kemp last summer, voted Thursday to recommend that the General Assembly revise how the state handles recounts, absentee ballots and election audits.
The panel’s most significant recommendation is to replace Georgia’s 16-year-old electronic voting machines with touchscreens that print paper ballots for verification. The state’s current voting machines lack a paper backup.
State lawmakers will have to decide between computer-printed paper ballots and paper ballots bubbled in with a pen, an option that cyber-security experts say is more secure from hacking.