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Judge: Georgia can't use old voting machines, must have paper ballots if new system isn't ready for 2020

Advocates had hoped to see courts force an immediate switch to paper ballots.

A federal judge has ordered Georgia to stop using its outdated voting machines after this year and to be ready with hand-marked paper ballots if its new system isn't in place for the presidential primaries.

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg's 153-page ruling Thursday is not a complete victory for either side.

Voting integrity advocates and individual voters had wanted an immediate switch to hand-marked paper ballots.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has certified a new voting system and said it will be in place for the March primaries.

The ruling means the state can keep its plans to use the old system for special and municipal elections this fall.


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