Judge rules against Sevier Co. candidate who wants paper ballot

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge has upheld the use of voting machines in Sevier County, rejecting a challenge from a candidate for sheriff.

Brad Lowe had asked the court to issue an injunction against the machines and require a paper ballot in the Feb. 5 primaries.

He argued the computerized machines can be tampered with and don't have any paper trail or backup.

Chancellor Telford Forgety ruled against Lowe on Friday, saying his request would require the county to violate state and federal laws, which mandate the machines.

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