Catoosa County voters among first to test Georgia's new voting machines
Voters in Catoosa County got a first look at Georgia’s new voting machines Monday evening. The county is one of six in the state testing the new system.
Before this year, voting machines in Georgia didn't keep a paper trail. Now, voters will have to verify an actual paper ballot before casting their vote.
Catoosa County Elections Director Tonya Moore says it’s an improvement.
"If everything works out well with these six counties it will just show that this is a great thing for the entire state,” she said.
The general assembly passed a bill to replace Georgia's voting system earlier this year. That system only counted votes electronically.
“The big difference is before our machines, when you would touch it and view all your selections at the end it would say ‘cast your ballot,’" Moore said.
The state settled on a $107-million contract with Dominion Voting for new machines that create a paper audit. Moore says the paper trail will be critical in case of recount.
“It should match up how many pieces of paper you have with a scan,” she said. “It's actually a process of how all the numbers should match up."
Moore wants voters to be encouraged by the new system and know that in 2020 their vote counts.
“We want everybody to be happy and feel confident. When they leave here feel confident that they know for sure yes, my vote was counted accurately,” she said.
Moore hopes showing the new machines to voters will help them feel confident they know what to do when they come cast their votes in November. The system will be rolled out statewide in March of 2020.