— By Mark Niesse, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 5, 2020 —
Georgia election officials reported no major issues with the state’s new voting equipment during a special election Tuesday, but poll watchers worried that problems could mount when voters across the state start using the system during the March 24 presidential primary.
The special election for a state Senate seat was the fourth test run of the voting system, when about 12,000 people cast ballots in 76 precincts across nine southwest Georgia counties. Voters previously tried the system in six test counties in November, in runoffs in December, and in three counties last week for a state House special election.
Voters will choose their candidates on touchscreens, and their ballots will be printed out on paper. Then voters will insert their ballots into scanners to be counted.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the equipment performed well despite some human errors.
“Tuesday gave us another successful live election,” Raffensperger said Wednesday. “Still, human errors are to be expected in any human endeavor. I’m proud of the counties in quickly putting this special election together.”