Georgia voters challenge validity of new election system

Georgia voters challenge validity of new election system
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2018 file photo, people cast their ballots ahead of the Nov. 6, general election at Jim Miller Park in Marietta, Ga. Georgia election officials have little room for error as they work to replace thousands of outdated voting machines statewide in only a matter of months. The state is making a $106 million purchase of new voting machines. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — Voters who prefer hand-marked paper ballots are challenging the validity of the new voting system chosen by Georgia election officials.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger last month announced the selection of a system that includes touchscreen voting machines that print a paper summary of voters’ selections.

A petition signed by more than 1,450 Georgia voters and submitted to Raffensperger’s office Monday requests a re-examination of that system. It says the system doesn’t meet the requirements of Georgia’s voting system certification rules and doesn’t comply with the state election code.

Additionally, plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the voting machines in use since 2002 amended their complaint on Friday to target the new system.

Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs said secretary of state’s office lawyers were reviewing the arguments.