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Court Nixes Challenge to Electronic Voting System

(CN) - Georgia's electronic voting system does not create an imbalance between voters who use it and those who cast absentee ballots, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled.

A group of voters challenged the DRE electronic voting system, which debuted in 2006. They claimed that the accuracy of the system was not equal to that of the paper absentee ballots, violating their fundamental right to vote.

The plaintiff claimed that the electronic system was vulnerable to fraud due to the lack of independent auditors or county and state tabulators.

The trial court ruled in favor of the state, noting that every voter in Georgia has the option of filing a paper absentee ballot or voting with the touch-screen system on Election Day.

Justice Carley agreed, quoting the trial court's opinion extensively, and added that the electronic system counts the ballots fairly.

"The undisputed evidence shows that the touch-screen machines accurately record each vote when they are properly operated. Contrary to appellants' further contention, uncontroverted evidence shows that the Secretary of State has properly certified the DRE voting system." Carley ruled.

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