A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit challenging Georgia's current voting system to continue, even as the secretary of state's office is reviewing proposals to replace it.
Judge Amy Totenberg denied the state's request to dismiss the case, brought by a group of election integrity advocates and concerned Georgia voters.
In the ruling, Totenberg said that "rapidly evolving cybertechnology changes and challenges have altered the reality now facing electoral voting systems and Georgia's system in particular," and that the motion to dismiss the case "completely ignore[s]" that reality.
In September, Totenberg said the 27,000 touchscreen direct-recording electronic machines currently used are at risk of cyberattck or other threats, and said thate elections officials "buried their heads in the sand" when it came to those potential threats.
Lawyers for the state argued that the lawsuit was no longer valid because of a new law signed this session that overhauls election code and provides for a new system by the November 2020 election cycle, but there are still several special and local elections that will be conducted on Georgia's current machines before then.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office is reviewing several responses to its Request for Proposals to replace the outdated system. The new voting machines will incorporate a paper ballot element that lawmakers and elections officials say will make the voting system more secure and modernized.
Read the 61-page order below.