— By Staff Reports, HeardCitizen.com, November 20, 2019 —
(Franklin, GA) — Georgia is in the midst of rolling out equipment for more than 30,000 voting stations with touchscreen devices to make their choice, printers, ballot scanners and locked ballot boxes.
The first statewide use will be in time for the early voting in the March 24 Presidential Preference Primary.
The cost of the new voting system to the state is approximately 107 million dollars with 14 million of that being spent on training, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
Georgia is replacing its 17-year-old electronic voting machines with a system that produces paper ballots.
According to the Secretary of State, voting on Georgia’s new, secure paper-ballot system was successful in the pilot conducted in six counties on Nov. 5.
Heard County will be receiving their new voting system around the end of January 2020.
Raffensperger visited Heard County on Thursday, November 14 and met with Heard County Elections Supervisor Tonnie Adams, Commissioner Chairman Lee Boone, Chairman of the Board of Elections Jane Barker and Election Board Member Robin Smith to discuss any questions or concerns they may have with the new voting system coming to Heard County.
“An important part of the new voting system is the ability to audit with the use of paper ballots. This feature provides the confidence voters deserve,” said Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
“The new system features the convenience of touchscreen selection that people told us they have enjoyed on Georgia’s first-generation electronic voting machines, and they now have the security of a verifiable paper ballot.”
Raffensperger’s office has already taken delivery, tested and accepted more than 10,000 of the new touchscreens and half of the new scanners are already ordered.
Once the new system arrives in Heard County, the Registrar’s office plans to set up demos for voters to try out before the March 24 Presidential Preference Primary.