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New Jersey court orders more review of voting machines

Published On: Sep 16 2013 01:05:26 PM CDT

TRENTON, N.J. -

A New Jersey appeals court has upheld the use of electronic voting machines but ordered more tests for accuracy.

Monday's ruling is the latest in a legal battle dating back to 2004 when state Assemblyman Reed Gusciora and others sued over the state's use of the machines, claiming they were unreliable because they didn't produce a paper backup and were susceptible to hacking.

A judge in 2010 upheld the use of the touch-screen machines and ordered a review, but stopped short of requiring that they produce a paper backup.

In Monday's decision, the three-judge appellate panel sided with the earlier ruling but urged more study on whether the state has adequate safeguards to avoid programming errors such as one that compromised an election in Cumberland County in 2011.