A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit claiming that South Carolina’s antiquated voting machines infringed upon residents’ right to vote. U.S. District Court Judge Michelle Childs said the machines could impose “some conceivable risk” to the state’s ability to accurately count votes, but the suit did not prove there was a “substantial” threat to the right to vote, The State reported. “A plaintiff…must do more than merely assert that there is some conceivable risk that she will be harmed on account of defendant’s actions,” wrote Childs, who is an appointee of former President Obama.
The South Carolina Election Commission said it was happy with the ruling. “It is important that South Carolina have a secure, reliable and accessible voting system,” commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said in a statement reported by the newspaper.
“The State Election Commission continues working toward its goal of replacing the current system by Jan. 1, 2020, with a system that features a paper record of each voter’s voted ballot.”