Georgia is getting voting machines that could change how your vote is cast and counted. A spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office would not confirm the details for this story, but we learned there’s about to be a big development that could signal a shift in election equipment. Express Vote machines will get a trial run in the Conyers mayoral race this November. “The pilot program in November addresses some concerns that have been raised about the state’s machines,” says Dr. William Boone, a political science professor at Clark Atlanta University. Rockdale County Elections Director Cynthia Welch told CBS46, “If all goes well, the state will probably ask for legislation where we can test the system statewide.”
The new machines come after Georgia’s election system has come under increased scrutiny, especially after cyber security researcher Logan Lamb was able to penetrate the system twice, and get access to voter registration information.
“It was very, very easy to download that information,” says Lamb.
Lamb favors a system with a fail-safe feature — paper. And that’s what the touchscreen Express Vote system also has.
“Here, you’re getting a verifiable trail,” says Boone. “So it does address a part of the problem. It is certainly an improvement over what presently exists.”