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Will a Return to Paper Reduce Voter Fraud

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With Russian hackers constantly in the news for trying to influence US midterm elections, some states are powering up their digital defense. Other states, like Georgia, are headed in the opposite direction.

Among these backwards-looking defense mechanisms? Paper.

Politico reports that Georgia officials are considering replacing the touch-screen voting system with paper altogether.

“I’ve always been in favor of paper ballots, even when it was fashionable to use electronic systems,” said Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin in a recent Politico interview. “You take the card, you mark your choices, you take it to the box. You ensure it’s counted. All the cards are retained. If there’s a question you can go in and count the cards.”

But will paper ballots really eliminate voter fraud? Some politicians, pundits, and local lawyers seem to think so. Paper ballots can be collected and saved, and if any inkling of nefarious behavior should arise, the ballots can be counted again.

While it’s hard to say whether or not a return to paper will help eliminate Russia’s influence over the midterm elections, legislators are working towards a solution.

If you're a concerned citizen, attorney, or researcher, send your feedback over to our local Bryan County politicians -- this is certainly an issue that affects all of us.

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