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Peach State Poll: Touch-screen voting machines are OK with Georgians

Eighty-nine percent of Georgians who voted in the 2006 general election are either very confident (61 percent) or somewhat confident (28 percent) in regards to the touch-screen voting machines, according to the latest Peach State Poll conducted by UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

Although the poll still finds a wide disparity between the confidence level of whites and nonwhites, a majority of nonwhites are still either very confident (45 percent) or somewhat confident (38 percent) about touch-screen voting.

A majority of Georgians (52 percent) say that the single greatest advantage of touch-screen voting over the old system of casting votes is that the new machines are fast and easy to use, while only 8 percent of the public expressed the opinion that there are no advantages to the new machines. When asked to cite the greatest problem with the touch-screen machines, one in four Georgians (25 percent) said that there are no problems with the touch-screen machines.

The length of time waiting to vote did not vary to any significant degree whether one voted in advance or on election day. Both those who voted on election day and those taking advantage of advance voting experienced an average wait in line of 13 minutes.