Federal judge bans outdated voting machines in Georgia

Voters may be forced to use paper ballots for presidential primary elections.

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Joanna Walters wears an American flag shirt as she votes during Georgia's presidential primary election.

ATLANTA - A federal judge has ordered Georgia to stop using its outdated voting machines after this year and to be ready with hand-marked paper ballots if its new system isn't in place for the presidential primaries.
  
U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg's 153-page ruling Thursday is not a complete victory for either side.
  
Voting integrity advocates and individual voters had wanted an immediate switch to hand-marked paper ballots.
  
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has certified a new voting system and said it will be in place for the March primaries.
  
The ruling means the state can keep its plans to use the old system for special and municipal elections this fall.

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