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Report: Watchdog, Voters Sue to Overturn Georgia's Special Election

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A lawsuit has been filed to overturn results for Georgia's 6th Congressional District special election. Karen Handel defeated Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff in June. (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 04 Jul 2017 01:11 PM

A group of bipartisan voters and a Colorado watchdog have filed a lawsuit to overturn the results from June's special election in Georgia, citing the state's antiquated voting equipment, The Gazette of Colorado Springs reported.

The lawsuit, filed late Monday in Fulton County Superior Court by voters of both parties and the Colorado nonprofit Coalition for Good Governance, does not charge hacking, and the group is not disputing Karen Handel's victory over Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff per se.

Rather, the lawsuit alleges that due to the old equipment and systems in place for so long, election officials should assume that they've been compromised, The Gazette reported.

"We aren’t questioning one candidate over another," lead plaintiff Donna Curling told The Gazette. "We're saying it's impossible to know."

The plaintiffs are asking the court for a forensics review of Georgia's entire voting system, including machines purchased in 2002 on a Windows system last updated by Microsoft 14 years ago, The Gazette reported.

Further, the group is pushing for an end to paperless voting nationwide.

“Even if they have perfect security, those machines should not be used. They’re paperless machines — you cannot check the results, and the voter cannot verify that the voter's selections has been accurately recorded inside the machine's memory," Barbara Simons, chairwoman of the nonpartisan Verified Voting advocacy group, told The Gazette.

Handel defeated Ossoff by nearly 4 points in the special to replace the seat vacated by Tom Price when he became President Donald Trump's director of Health and Human Service.

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A group of bipartisan voters and a Colorado watchdog have filed a lawsuit to overturn the results from June's special election in Georgia, citing the state's antiquated voting equipment, The Gazette of Colorado Springs reported.
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