South Fulton residents are getting an opportunity to test Georgia’s new voting machines ahead of the March primary. The new verified paper ballot system implemented by Dominion Voting Systems replaces voting machines that Georgia has used since 2002. They are designed to make voting more secure and easier to audit.
Most recently, representatives from Fulton County’s Registration and Elections Department demoed the machines at Commissioner Joe Carn’s townhall meeting in December at The Enon Church, and a citizens townhall at South Fulton Library earlier this week. Several additional opportunities to test the machines are upcoming.
The voting machines will be available at Councilwoman Carmalitha Gumbs’ first townhall of the year on Monday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 at Wolf Creek Library, 3100 Enon Road.
Commissioner Joe Carn will offer another opportunity to test the machines at his townhall meeting at World Changers Church International on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Youth Experience Senior High Building located at 2500 Burdett Road.
Voters can also test the machines at an upcoming free moving screening of “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote.” The event will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Welcome All Park, 4255 Will Lee Road. It’s hosted by Councilwoman Helen Willis, State Representatives William Boddie and Derrick Jackson and State Senator Nikema Williams.
The new voting machines began arriving in Georgia in the latter part of 2019. Following the first few days of pilot testing, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger called the operations “seamless.”
Statewide rollout of the new machines will be in time for the Mar. 24 presidential preference primary. The voter registration deadline for the March election is Feb. 24.
Photo: Joe Carn hosts a townhall meeting and gives South Fulton residents an opportunity to test Georgia’s new voting machines.