A bill that changes the way you cast your ballot in Georgia for the 2020 presidential election is now the subject of a lawsuit.
Less than a week after that bill crossed Governor Kemp’s desk here at the capitol, it landed in a federal courtroom – with those opposing it saying it just gives a new name to the same thing, a computer in between voters and their votes.
Before November’s election a federal judge ruled that the electronic voting machines in Georgia were proved to be insecure and subject to hacking – that is, if they hadn’t been hacked already.
She ordered that the state needed to take swift action to move away from them, suggesting she would have mandated paper ballots for the election except there was not time.
This session, a house bill passed which would spend hundreds of millions of dollars on new computers for voting — they would print out a piece of paper, which could have either a barcode or a list and there would still be a computer controlling the input tallied.
The state said this is the best option; the plaintiffs filed a letter from two dozen leading computer scientists — from the likes of google, Princeton, Yale, Stanford, and Georgia Tech — saying these Ballot Marking Devices have the same risks as the old machines and the best option is paper ballots.
The judge indicated she would likely keep this case moving forward, seeming particularly concerned about those ballot marking devices that use barcodes.
Judge Totenberg is expected to set a case and discovery schedule early next week.