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New Voting Machines Available for Testing

Georgia’s new voting machines are available for testing in Athens through early February.

Voters use a touch screen to make their choices, then the machine prints a paper ballot that is run through a scanner.

“I’m excited to use the new system and for Athens-Clarke County voters to try it out for themselves,” Charlotte Sosebee, director of elections and voter registration, said in a news release. “The new voting system is easy to use, provides opportunities for voters to review their votes on a screen and on paper before casting their ballot, and also provides our office with multiple ways to review election results if necessary.”

Voters can try out the machines at the Board of Elections Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Other sites include:

• Georgia Square Mall this Thursday from 4–6 p.m. and Saturday from 1–3 p.m.

• the ACC Library (2025 Baxter St.) on Jan. 9 from 8:45 a.m. to noon.

• Iris Place (755 Epps Bridge Parkway) on Jan. 14 from noon to 2 p.m.

• the Athens Community Career Academy (440 Dearing Extension) on Jan. 17 from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

• Ebenezer Baptist Church West (205 N. Chase St.) on Jan. 19 starting at noon until churchgoers leave.

• the Miriam Moore Community Center (410 McKinley Drive) on Jan. 21 from 8 a.m. to noon.

• St. Mary’s Hospital (1230 Baxter St.) on Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon.

The new voting machines will take the place of outdated machines purchased in 2002 starting with the March presidential primary.