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14 March 2012

New Bill Would Eliminate Touch Screen Voting Machines By 2018

Crossover Day has come and gone. Bills that haven't passed at least one chamber under the Gold Dome are dead for the year. That legislative reality, however, is not stopping legislators from introducing new legislation.

A new bill sponsored by state Representatives Karla Drenner, Michele Henson, and Stephanie Stuckey Benfield would eliminate the use of the touch-screen voting machines in Georgia elections by 2018.

House Bill 1228 gradually phases out the direct recording electronic (DRE) voting systems starting in 2013. In its place, paper ballots, similar to the ones voters use when voting by mail, would become the official ballot of record.

H.B. 1228 was referred to the House Governmental Affairs Committee.