Adams’ in her nine-page decision did not specifically say the machines were safe or accurate, but among a number of legal factors said “in the absence of evidence” that the machines had widely malfunctioned or skewed results, “this court cannot adopt plaintiffs’ conclusion that Georgia’s DRE voting equipment and its related voting system are unsafe, inaccurate and impracticable within the meaning” of state law.
In other words, Adams said, the plaintiffs “have failed to demonstrate any concrete harm.”
Marilyn Marks, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Foundation, a plaintiff in the suit, said the group would keep at it, calling paper ballots a “gold standard” for voters.
“We are disappointed that in this short hearing, there was insufficient opportunity to present the overwhelming evidence of alarmingly unsecured operations of Georgia’s voting system environment and its serious security vulnerabilities,” Marks said. “Secretary Kemp has seriously misrepresented the court’s findings — the court did not opine on the security or accuracy of the machines. The machines are not at all secure, so we plan to continue this fight.”
There is no evidence that the state's system has been compromised. Georgia experienced no major problems during last year's presidential election. State election officials have also said Georgia's voting systems were not affected by the hacking attempts detailed earlier this week in a top-secret government report about Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
State and local election officials testified that changing that system now would have brought chaos to the election process. More than 75,000 people as of Friday morning had already voted in the contest using the machines, with no reported problems.