Georgia election officials accused of destroying evidence

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ATLANTA (AP) – Lawyers for election integrity advocates say Georgia election officials repeatedly and intentionally destroyed evidence they say could show unauthorized access to state election infrastructure and potential manipulation of election results.

They allege in a lawsuit that the voting machines Georgia has used since 2002 are unsecure and vulnerable to hacking. In a court filing Thursday, they said the state began destroying evidence within days of the suit’s filing in 2017 and has continued to do so as the case moved forward.

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A lawyer representing state officials declined Friday to comment on the allegations.

The brief was filed as a hearing was underway on plaintiff requests that the judge order the state to immediately stop using its outdated voting machines and switch to hand-marked paper ballots. That hearing continues on Friday.