Changes may be ahead for criticized Georgia election system

Changes may be ahead for criticized Georgia election system
This May 22, 2018 photo shows a voter access card inserted in a voting reader during voting in the Georgia primary in Kennesaw, Ga. Georgia’s outdated election system has drawn criticism from cybersecurity experts and voting integrity advocates, and now a commission tasked with examining potential replacements is preparing to make recommendations to lawmakers. (AP Photo Mike Stewart)

ATLANTA (AP) — Changes may be ahead for Georgia’s outdated and much-criticized election system.

A commission tasked with examining potential replacements is preparing to make recommendations to lawmakers.

Georgia’s paperless system was closely scrutinized during last year’s nationally watched gubernatorial race.

The Secure, Accessible and Fair Elections, or SAFE, Commission was formed in April and is expected to make recommendations before the legislative session begins Jan. 14.

The commissioners seemed to agree that Georgia needs a system that produces a paper record and that election officials should conduct post-election audits. They also seem to agree a new system should be in place by the 2020 election cycle.

But there was disagreement at a meeting last month over whether they should recommend hand-marked paper ballots or touchscreen ballot-marking machines that print a paper record.