Poll: Many Georgia voters concerned about 2020 election security

FILE- In this Nov. 5, 2019 file photo, Courtney Parker votes on a new voting machine, in Dallas, Ga. New voting machines that combine touchscreens with paper ballots are getting a limited test run in Georgia, as officials rush to meet a court-ordered deadline to retire the old system before any votes are cast in 2020. This was one of the top stories in Georgia in 2019. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart, File)

ATLANTA - Just over half of Georgia voters believe the nation is prepared to keep this year's presidential election safe and secure, according to a poll by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution conducted two months before the state's primary.

The poll also shows nearly 50 percent of voters were unaware that Georgia will be using new voting machines that print out paper ballots during the March 24 presidential primary.

But among those who had heard about the switch to new election equipment, 85 percent expressed some degree of confidence that it will accurately record election results. Only voters who had heard about the new voting system were asked the poll question about their confidence in it.

The AJC survey asked 1,025 Georgia registered voters about election security and accuracy amid concerns about voter disenfranchisement and foreign meddling.