Voters will get a look at new equipment in March 24 primary

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Voters head to the polls on March 24

CLAYTON— The voting process will look a little different when Georgians head to the polls for the presidential preference primary on March 24.

The state of Georgia rolled out a new voting system to begin using in 2020 and the new equipment arrived at the Rabun County Board of Elections Office in January.

Tammy Whitmire, elections supervisor, said in a recent interview that she and the poll workers are in the process of learning all of the software programs and technical aspects of the voting equipment to get prepared for the upcoming elections.

She said that the state has provided a technician to stay for several weeks and help the poll workers with the transition.

The new system produces paper ballots that can be verified by voters and audited by election officials, according to Secure the Vote, an education initiative showing people what to expect when they begin voting in 2020, on their website.

It claims that the effort is to ensure every voter has access to a paper ballot system in an attempt to run a secure election with votes that can be audited when needed.

In order to educate voters on the new procedures, Secure the Vote provides a 2-minute tutorial on their website:

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