FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2018 file photo, people cast their ballots ahead of the Nov. 6, general election at Jim Miller Park in Marietta, Ga. Georgia election officials have little room for error as they work to replace thousands of outdated voting machines statewide in only a matter of months. The state is making a $106 million purchase of new voting machines. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

Georgia faces tight timeline for replacing voting system

August 08, 2019 - 12:00 pm

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia election officials have no time to spare as they replace outdated voting machines ahead of the presidential primaries.

The state is buying 30,000 voting machines for $106 million from Dominion Voting Systems, even as it fends off legal challenges.

The new machines offer a paper record of each vote along with a QR code that gets tabulated. Voters will have to trust that the code they can't read matches their choices.

Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger says the new machines will be rolled out and ready by March. Some county election officials worry they won't have enough time to properly train poll workers and voters. But the non-partisan Center for Election Innovation & Research says the timeline is feasible.

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