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Voting Rights Lawyers Press For New Voting Machines In New Jersey

FILE - A voting booth in Fort Lee, NJ (Photo: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880

Voting booth in Fort Lee, NJ (credit: Evan Bindelglass / WCBS 880)

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Voting rights lawyers say New Jersey needs to switch to a new type of voting machine that is less vulnerable to hacking.

The lawyers took their case Tuesday to a New Jersey appeals court in the latest installment of a 2004 lawsuit over electronic voting machines.

State lawmakers adopted a law in 2005 to replace machines with a kind that would print out voters’ choices, so the voters could verify their selections and there would be a backup in case of a recount.

But four years later, lawmakers suspended the requirement, saying it was too costly.

A lawyer for the state says it’s still too expensive and that any voting system is vulnerable in some way.

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