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Packed hearing on Georgia voting machines to go a second day
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UPDATE: ATLANTA (AP) - A packed hearing on what sort of new voting machines Georgia should adopt will spill over into a second day to accommodate a long list of people wishing to testify at the state Capitol.

A House subcommittee adjourned Tuesday without taking a vote after hearing three hours of testimony. It planned to continue Wednesday.
  
A sweeping elections bill before the committee would move the state to touchscreen voting machines that print a paper record. It would also tweak the state's strict standard for verifying voter registration and clarify when polling places can be closed or moved.
  
The sign-up sheet for people wanting to speak on the measure took up three pages Tuesday. An overflow crowd jammed the hearing room, forcing state troopers to turn people away at the door.

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By BEN NADLER, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - A wide-ranging bill moving Georgia to voting machines with electronic ballot markers that print a paper record has been introduced in the Georgia House.

The legislation, filed Thursday, follows recommendations from a commission that wrapped in January. But it disregards advice from cybersecurity experts who say hand-marked paper ballots would be the cheapest and most secure alternative.

Republican Rep. Barry Fleming of Harlem, who authored the bill and was co-chair of the commission, dismissed security concerns in an interview. He said electronic ballot markers will be more expensive initially, but would save money on printing and operation in the long run.

The bill also changes other aspects of Georgia election law criticized during Republican Gov. Brian Kemp's race against Democrat Stacey Abrams last year.

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