If Georgia lawmakers have their way in the next legislative session, which starts in January of 2018, there could be a paper trail of your vote.
After this past presidential and special congressional election in the 10th district, where the state’s election system came under fire for alleged integrity concerns, lawmakers are drafting a measure that would require all electronic voting systems to produce paper receipts for auditing purposes.
Election advocates are suing Georgia election officials for not using a paperless voting system. The advocacy group claims that the election system was easily hacked and data was stolen in which votes were altered in the 2016 presidential election along with the 2017 special run-off congressional election between Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff. The lawsuit states that paperless system is “causing the results of such elections to be indeterminable.”
A controversial report by the Associated Press claims that Georgia’s server that held the voting data was “wiped clean by its custodians” after the lawsuit was filed.
The proposed law requires an auditing process of backed up voting machines. Currently, that process is not in place. The newly proposed law has bipartisan support in the legislature. The lawmaker, Scot Turner (R- Holly Springs), is the primary author of the new legislation. Co-sponsors include Sam Teasley (R-Marietta), Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock), and Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville). Brockway is currently running for Georgia Secretary of State who oversees that state’s election process and voting systems.