Court clarifies that voting must be able to continue uninterupted if voting machines fail, declines to prescribe amount required
- Liz Iacobucci LIacobucci@commoncause.org
In a decision issued tonight, Judge Totenberg declined to require a specific number of paper ballots.
Statement of Common Cause Georgia Executive Director Aunna Dennis
We are disappointed that the Court did not grant the relief we requested – namely that the state be required to provide emergency/provisional paper ballots in the amount of 40% of registered voters on Election Day. It’s clear that the demand for these ballots will be extremely high in this election and will far exceed the statutory minimum of 10%.
The Court did clarify that there should be enough emergency ballots provided “so that voting may continue uninterrupted if emergency circumstances render the electronic ballot markers or printers unusable”.
We will be working constructively with the local election officials to ensure that on Election Day, no voter is denied the right to vote because of failure to prepare the materials necessary.
Read tonight’s ruling here.