Likely no paper trail for voting in Memphis on Super Tuesday

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An attorney for Tennessee says the state’s largest county probably won’t have new voting machines that create a paper trail in place for the presidential primary election in March.

Janet Kleinfelter of the Tennessee attorney general’s office discussed the timeline for new machine implementation in Memphis-anchored Shelby County during a federal court hearing Tuesday.

Kleinfelter cited insufficient time due to early voting and the time needed to prepare the machines, the ballots and workers. Kleinfelter said the machines will be in place by the August state and federal primaries.

Tuesday’s oral arguments in the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals centered on a lawsuit that challenges the security of Shelby County’s voting machines. A judge dismissed the lawsuit in September, and the group Shelby County Advocates for Valid Elections appealed.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court in Cincinnati is holding oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the security of voting machines in Tennessee’s largest county.

The Shelby County Advocates for Valid Elections are hoping the appellate judges will call for a switch to handwritten ballots and a voter-verifiable paper trail. They claim the outdated touchscreen voting machines used in the Memphis area aren’t secure, and more safeguards are needed to shield the system from outside manipulation.

A judge dismissed their lawsuit in September, saying they failed to show any harm has come to them and that they have no legal standing.

Attorneys for the state of Tennessee will tell the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that any claims of vote miscount and dilution are merely hypothetical.

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