Project manager Tom Feehan looks over some of the state’s new voting machines while thousands are tested and packed in a area warehouse on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, in Atlanta. Curtis Compton /

How to test-drive Georgia’s new voting system before Election Day

Georgians can try out the state’s new voting equipment before they cast real ballots in this year’s elections.

Churches, libraries and community organizations across metro Atlanta are hosting voting demonstrations this month.

In addition, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and The King Center announced a partnership this week that aims to bring the voting system to 100 religious congregations across Georgia.

Step-by-step: How the new Georgia voting machines work

All in-person voters in Georgia will use the $104 million system, which includes touchscreens and printed-out paper ballots. Voters will make their selections on the touchscreens and be able to review their printed ballots before inserting them into a scanning machine.

Early voting begins March 2 in advance of the presidential primary election March 24.

“We applaud the King Center for focusing on bipartisan voter education efforts to ensure all voters are aware of the secure changes Georgia is making,” said Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs.

Here’s a look at upcoming voting demonstrations open to the public in metro Atlanta:

Cobb County

Feb. 15, 10 a.m. to noon: Donuts with Democrats, Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle SE, Smyrna

Feb. 22, noon to 1 p.m.: NAACP open house, 605 Roswell Road, Marietta

Feb. 27, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: North Cobb Regional Library, 3535 Old Highway 41 NW, Kennesaw

Feb. 29, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Vision Rehabilitation Services of Georgia, 3830 S. Cobb Drive SE Suite 125, Smyrna

March 7, noon to 1:30 p.m., East Cobb Middle School Auditorium, 825 Terrell Mill Road, Marietta

DeKalb County

Feb. 12, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Doraville City Hall, 3725 Park Ave., Doraville

Feb. 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Atlanta

Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Lou Walker Senior Center, 2538 Panola Road, Lithonia

Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Salt & Light Truth Center, 2622 Snapfinger Road, Decatur

Feb. 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Salem Bible Church, 5460 Hillandale Drive, Lithonia

Feb. 18, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Flat Shoals Library, 4022 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur

Feb. 19, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Clarkston Library, 951 N. Indian Creek Drive, Clarkston

Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m, Stonecrest City Hall, 3120 Stonecrest Blvd., Stonecrest

Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to noon, Berean Christian Church, 2201 Young Road, Stone Mountain

Feb. 22, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., NAACP community meeting, 5460 Hillandale Drive, Stonecrest

Feb. 23, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Berean Christian Church, 2201 Young Road, Stone Mountain

Feb. 23, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., St. Paul Worship Center, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., 1701 Stone Mountain Lithonia Road, Lithonia

Feb. 24, 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Redan-Trotti Library, 1569 Wellborn Road, Lithonia

Feb. 25, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road, Stonecrest

Feb. 26, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Briarwood Community Center, 2235 Briarwood Way 1, Brookhaven

Fulton County

Feb. 12, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing, 2489 Perry Blvd., Atlanta

Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta

Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Atlanta Technical College Dennard Conference Center, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway SW, Atlanta

Feb. 17, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Fairburn City Hall, 56 Malone Street, Fairburn

Feb. 17, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, 7 Dunwoody Park Suite 110, Atlanta

Feb. 18, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Burdette Park, 2945 Burdett Road, College Park

Feb. 19, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., C.T. Martin Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta

Feb. 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fulton County South Learning Center, 4025 Flat Shoals Road, Union City

Feb. 23, 12:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Flipper Temple AME Church, 580 Student Movement Blvd., Atlanta

Feb 25, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Virginia-Highland Church, 743 Virginia Ave. NE, Atlanta

Feb. 28, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway NE, Sandy Springs

March 5, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Dorothy Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs

Gwinnett County

March 2, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville

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