Advocates call for paper ballots in Georgia amid FBI review

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Posted: Mar 14, 2017 6:15 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — A group of technology experts wants Georgia's elections officials to stop using electronic voting machines as the FBI reviews a suspected data breach.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Kennesaw State University this month confirmed that a federal investigation is focused on the school's Center for Election Systems. The center has certified Georgia's voting machines and other elections equipment since 2002.

The center is not part of Kemp's office or connected to its networks.

In a letter to Kemp on Tuesday, 20 professors affiliated with the national Verified Voting organization said paper ballots will preserve voters' confidence in an upcoming special election to fill Georgia's 6th District congressional seat.

Kemp's spokeswoman declined comment. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Atlanta said he had no new information.