Hand-Marked Paper Ballots for Georgia

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Petition to Georgia’s State Election Board for Paper Ballot Elections

We the undersigned, respectfully petition the State Election Board to immediately require the use of hand-marked paper ballots beginning in the November 2018 election.

Additionally, we request that the State Election Board immediately conduct an audit of the voter registration rolls to ensure that all voters are properly assigned to the electoral districts in which they are eligible to vote.

We ask that you consider the following points that support the requirement of secure paper ballots and accurate voter assignment to electoral districts for all Georgia elections:

U.S. national security agencies, DHS, voting system experts, cybersecurity experts, and the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence agree that paper ballots are required for a secure election.

Georgia uses touchscreen voting machines which cannot be audited, nor can the election results be verified.

Hand-marked paper ballots are simple for voters to use and can be rapidly counted by optical scanners.

Georgia officials use paper ballots and optical scanners for mail in ballots and can also use them for polling place ballots beginning in November 2018.

Hundreds of voters have been disenfranchised because they are assigned to the wrong electoral districts.

Appropriate ADA-compliant accommodations should be made for voters who are unable to hand mark paper ballots.

We understand that the State Election Board has been supplied with detailed information supporting the feasibility of the immediate use of hand marked paper ballots. We respectfully request your immediate action to stop the use of touchscreen voting machines and protect future elections with hand-marked paper ballots and a thorough audit of voter electoral district assignments.

 



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