— by Patrick Filbin, Chattanooga Times Free Press, November 4, 2019 —
Catoosa County was one of seven counties in Georgia that just tested out the state’s new paper-ballot system, and the new machines got a thumbs-up from the secretary of state.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday that more than one in 10 votes cast in early voting for November’s municipal elections were cast on the new machines.
The new machines will be delivered statewide for the March 24 Presidential Preference Primary. The paper-ballot system is being piloted in Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Cobb, Decatur, Lowndes and Paulding counties for their municipal or countywide elections.
The seven counties will use the new machines on Tuesday.
As of Thursday night, 11,525 ballots were cast in the pilot counties out of 112,965 votes cast statewide.
“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 said in a news release.
Training on setup and use of the new system has been completed in 117 of the 159 Georgia counties. Training in the rest of the counties will be completed by Thanksgiving.