Experts are reportedly warning that Georgia’s new electronic voting machines are at risk of intrusions and manlfunctions, as the state grapples with election security issues.
Georgia Institute of Technology computing professor Richard DeMillo told the The Washington Post that bystanders could see the machines’ screens during his visit to polling places north of Atlanta in November.
Some counties also experienced programming issues that delayed voter check-ins while others noted machine shutdowns, the Post reported Monday.
DeMillo told the newspaper that state officials “seem to be structurally unable to confront the fact that the voting system in Georgia is at risk.”
According to the paper, the state has had to deal with election security issues including buggy software, insecure file sharing and an exposed voter registration database.
The Hill has reached out to the office of Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who declined to comment to the Post. The newspaper reported that he argued in a court filing this year that concern over election security was a “remote, unfounded speculation” and said that the state had “a safe and secure voting system.”
The alleged issues follow a contentious election in 2018, in which Democrat Stacey Abrams narrowly lost to now-Gov. Brian Kemp (R). Democrats have claimed that voter disenfranchisement contributed to Abrams’s loss.