The hearings Thursday and Friday come less than eight weeks before Election Day and under five weeks before the start of in-person early voting.
Totenberg has rejected previous efforts to switch in-person voters to paper ballots bubbled in by pen. But she has also harshly criticized state election officials, writing in 2018 that they “had buried their heads in the sand” about the vulnerabilities of Georgia’s voting system.
Since then, the secretary of state’s office has replaced Georgia’s 18-year-old electronic voting touchscreens with a hybrid system. The new equipment retains touchscreen voting and adds printed-out ballots that voters can review and feed into scanners.
The plaintiffs, the Coalition for Good Governance and several Georgia voters, say hackers could still find ways to alter votes on the voting computers, and they allege the printed paper ballots provide a weak safeguard.