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Court hears argument about NJ voting machines

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Voting rights lawyers say New Jersey needs to switch to a new type of voting machine that is less vulnerable to hacking.

The lawyers took their case Tuesday to a New Jersey appeals court in the latest installment of a 2004 lawsuit over electronic voting machines.

State lawmakers adopted a law in 2005 to replace machines with a kind that would print out voters’ choices, so the voters could verify their selections and there would be a backup in case of a recount.

But four years later, lawmakers suspended the requirement, saying it was too costly.

A lawyer for the state says it’s still too expensive and that any voting system is vulnerable in some way.