“We’re a very trusting society, but these machines are really bad.”

The polls in #GA06 indicate a razor-thin margin for Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff over former Georgia Sec. of State Karen Handel. A non-partisan group known as the New Georgia Project  has been canvassing minority neighborhoods to get out the vote, but the behavior of Georgia election officials has increased unease about the security of voting machines.

People are really concerned that a couple of hundred votes here, a couple of hundred votes there could be changed, [New Georgia Project director ] Ufot said.

@thinkprogress found voters like new #GA06 voter Jill Meyers who decided not to vote early in the hope that a lawsuit compelling the use of paper ballots would succeed.  As the defendants in that litigation pointed out, any voter can request a paper ballot at any time.  It was a claim that clearly annoyed Judge Adams, who pointed out that without clear announcements advising voters of their right to vote on paper, such a choice is meaningless.

“We’re a very trusting society,” [Meyers] said, “but these machines are really bad.”


There was a hearing last week on whether the June 20 run off should be held on paper ballots. Read about it here.