Georgia uses "direct-recording electronic" voting machines, or DREs, known by voters for their touch screens. The state committed to the machines in 2002 when it last overhauled its elections system. At the same time, it also eliminated a paper trail of recorded votes.
The request dovetails with a push by advocates for Georgia to commit to a new system, with new machines and technology. Such a commitment would require tens of millions of dollars and would have to be implemented statewide. Advocates argue that such an update would increase the system’s security and give voters confidence in the results.