Republican state Sen. Bruce Thompson of White, left, joins state Rep. Ed Setzler, R-Acworth, while he presents Thompson’s bill, Senate Bill 403, to the House Governmental Affairs Committee. The bill to replace Georgia’s voting machines passed in committee Wednesday, setting up final votes of the full House and Senate. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM
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Plan to replace Georgia’s electronic voting machines clears committee

Georgia voters could cast paper ballots for president in 2020 under a bill to replace the state’s electronic voting machines.

The legislation, Senate Bill 403, is on track for final votes in the House and Senate after it passed the House Governmental Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

The bill calls for the state to stop using its 16-year-old electronic voting system, which lacks a paper backup to verify the accuracy of election results.

Georgia’s new voting system wouldn’t be decided until next year. Options include pen-and-paper ballots or touchscreens that print paper ballots.

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