A coalition in Georgia is filing a lawsuit to force the state to adopt paper ballots in the upcoming midterm elections, a move it claims will improve election security. The Coalition for Good Governance is alleging in a federal lawsuit that Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, Georgia’s current secretary of state, failed to adequately safeguard the state’s voting system from a breach that allegedly left 6 million Georgia voters’ records exposed, CNN reported. The group is claiming Georgia is one of the only states left that does not use a paper ballot, which makes it harder to verify election results.
“All we are asking for is a fair election that is verifiable,” Marilyn Marks from the Coalition for Good Governance told local NBC affiliate WSAV. “We are asking that if something goes wrong that the ballots can be recounted, they can be audited.”
The lawsuit describes how easily a private researcher discovered the voting records of more than 6 million registered Georgia residents, CNN reported. The researcher Logan Lamb reportedly discovered the information on a Kennesaw State University website, which had been commissioned by Kemp’s office to run Georgia’s voting system.