Petition demands deeper testing of new Georgia voting system

A petition signed by more than 1,450 voters asked Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger on Monday to redo what critics call his "deficient" certification of the Georgia's new voting system, saying the original examination failed to test for security, voter registration integration and ballot verifiability.

Georgia law allows any 10 or more voters to request a re-examination at any time if they pay “reasonable costs.” The petition asks for costs to be waived because of the importance of election security and integrity.

Raffensperger certified Georgia's new $107 million voting equipment by Dominion Voting Systems on Aug. 9, allowing it to be used in elections across Georgia.

A company hired by the Secretary of State's office tested how the system functioned, but the company didn't evaluate safety and security of the election system.

The new voting system, scheduled to be used statewide in the March 24 presidential primary, relies on touchscreen tablets that are attached to printers that spit out paper ballots, which voters can review and insert into scanning machines.

Raffensperger said his office is focused on installing the new voting system in time for the 2020 elections.

“The complaints are raised by activists who want the implementation of Georgia’s new voting system to fail,” Raffensperger said in a statement. “Every Georgia citizen who cares about secure and accurate elections should reject these ridiculous tactics.”