ATLANTA — State Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) must have been pleased when he heard the Georgia Senate passed a bill Wednesday to purchase new voting machines that will print paper ballots, something he has worked hard for.
The bill passed 35-21, along party lines and now goes back to the House, which passed a previous version of the bill. It is expected to pass there then move to Gov. Brian Kemp’s office for his signature.
The new machines, which will print paper ballots for the voter to review for accuracy before being inserted into a scanner for final tabulation, will cost taxpayers $150 million.
Tanner, who worked hard to get the bill passed in the House, said recently the voting machines were, “the most controversial issue from a partisan view that we have taken up this session. There has been a lot of talk by everyone on changing how our voting machines work.”
Tanner said the House Governmental Affairs Committee held a number of “very contentious, very, very long and well-attended meetings. “I can tell you that everyone in elected office in Atlanta has felt a whole lot of pressure from their constituents to make a change in the voting process – Democrats and Republicans.”
Debate in the Senate Wednesday was no less combative as lawmakers held an intense three-hour debate before voting.
Tanner has said the new voting machines could be in place for Georgia’s 7 million registered voters in time for next year’s presidential primary election.
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