Atlanta residents will get their chance to try out Georgia’s new voting machines as they feast on pound cake and eggnog.
Councilman Michael Julian Bond is hosting the event, which will show residents how to use the touchscreen devices that print out a ballot after it’s been cast.
“This is a great opportunity for the community to familiarize themselves with the new voting machines,” Bond said in a statement. “The ability to vote in free and fair elections is one of the cornerstones of our democracy and I want to make sure voters are able to efficiently and effectively cast their ballot.”
Residents can try out the machines from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday on the second floor of City Hall at 55 Trinity Avenue, according to a news release. Bond is working with the Office of the Municipal Clerk and the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections to teach residents how to use the devices.
All of Georgia's electronic voting machines are being replaced with a new voting system before the March 24 presidential primary. The new voting equipment prints out paper ballots, providing a way to check electronic ballots after years of complaints about alleged voting irregularities and security issues.
Voters in six pilot counties — not including DeKalb — cast ballots on the new voting system during local elections earlier this month. There were some minor problems, but officials said the first trial of the new machines went smoothly overall.
Attendees at Monday’s event will also be served pound cake and eggnog.
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