ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal judge has ordered Georgia to stop using its outdated voting machines after this year and to be ready with hand-marked paper ballots if its new system isn't in place for the presidential primaries.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.

Judge rules against paper ballots in Georgia's November election

Source: WGCL

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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