“Plaintiffs essentially claim that the direct recording electronic (DRE) voting system in Georgia is unsecure, is unverifiable, and compromises the privacy and accuracy of their votes,” Totenberg wrote Tuesday.
Attorneys for Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger have argued that there's no evidence that the state's voting machines have been tampered with during elections. Raffensperger's office declined to comment Tuesday.
Totenberg ruled last fall that the state's electronic voting machines posed a "concrete risk" to secure elections, but she declined to order a switch to hand-marked paper ballots just weeks before November's election.
“We look forward to a decision after the case is tried that requires hand-marked paper ballots counted by optical scanners and audited results to ensure outcomes that reflect the voters’ will,” said Marilyn Marks of the Coalition for Good Governance, one of the plaintiffs.
The lawsuit will also challenge Georgia's upcoming voting system, which will include paper ballots printed out from touchscreens.
Marks said the new voting system will have the same flaws as the state's existing digital voting machines, with security risks and unverifiable results.
After state election officials choose an elections company this summer, the plaintiffs will ask Totenberg to require Georgia's voters to use paper ballots filled out with a pen, Marks said.