U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg said in a ruling late on Monday that while it is important for citizens to know their ballots are properly counted, voters also must rely on a smooth process, especially in a fast-approaching election race.
"Ultimately, any chaos or problems that arise in connection with a sudden rollout of a paper ballot system with accompanying scanning equipment may swamp the polls with work and voters – and result in voter frustration and disaffection from the voting process," Totenberg said in a 46-page decision.
The state's November contests include a gubernatorial race that is among the most high-profile in the country. Democrat Stacey Abrams faces Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, who is responsible for the state's elections and is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
If elected, Abrams would be the first black female governor in the United States.