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Monday, September 28, 2009 - 8:22am

State's Top Court Affirms Touch-Screen Voting Machines

Georgia's Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision affirming the state's right to use touch-screen voting machines.

A group of eight people had filed a suit claiming the machines violated their constitutional right to vote. They argued there's no guarantee that electronic ballots are tallied correctly because there's no way to independently audit the votes collected by the machines.

In its opinion released Monday, the state's top court upheld the decision by the Fulton County Superior Court.

The Supreme Court decision says the U.S. Constitution gives states the power to set the time, place and manner of holding elections. The court says the paperless system does not severely restrict the right to vote.