Demand paper ballots for GA06 runoff
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Petition for Use of Paper Ballots in GA06 Runoff Election
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This petition is addressed to Georgia Secretary of State Kemp and the
Election Directors of Cobb, DeKalb, and Fulton Counties
Dear Secretary Kemp and Directors Barron, Daniels, and Eveler:
We the undersigned respectfully request that each of you exercise your powers under the provisions of Georgia law (§ 21-2-281) to authorize the use of paper ballots in the polling places for the Congressional District 6 runoff election on June 20, 2017.
Paper ballots are permitted in Georgia when the use of the voting equipment is “impractical.” The long history of problems with Georgia’s unverifiable and vulnerable voting system justifies the determination that paper ballots are required.
The nation’s election environment is increasingly at risk for cyber-security attacks. Georgia has experienced recent unresolved security and election processing issues. Georgia’s electronic voting system has long been known to be vulnerable to malicious intrusion and lacking a verifiable audit trail.
Serious concerns have been raised about Georgia’s voting system by computer scientists in their letter to Secretary Kemp, and we urge that you follow their recommendation to employ paper ballots. Continuing the use of the current Georgia system is impractical, unwise and causes a loss of voter confidence. We desire paper ballots that can be audited and recounted if necessary, with full public oversight. None of the much-needed transparency is available with the outdated electronic and paperless system, leaving voters and campaigns to merely trust that electronic errors and malfeasance have not occurred.
We believe that voting by paper ballot is simple and requires minimal voter education. Also, because the paper ballots will have only the single runoff contest, they can be easily hand counted in the polling places. Paper ballots can also be counted by the optical scan machines used for absentee ballots.
We respectfully request that you act immediately to employ the use of paper ballots in the Georgia Congressional District 6 election.
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