Packed hearing on Georgia voting machines to go a second day

February 20, 2019

ATLANTA (AP) — A packed hearing on what sort of new voting machines Georgia should adopt will spill over into a second day to accommodate a long list of people wishing to testify at the state Capitol.

A House subcommittee adjourned Tuesday without taking a vote after hearing three hours of testimony. It planned to continue Wednesday.

A sweeping elections bill before the committee would move the state to touchscreen voting machines that print a paper record. It would also tweak the state’s strict standard for verifying voter registration and clarify when polling places can be closed or moved.

The sign-up sheet for people wanting to speak on the measure took up three pages Tuesday. An overflow crowd jammed the hearing room, forcing state troopers to turn people away at the door.