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GA Election Integrity: Separate Measure Aims to Address Electronic Voting Equipment

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On Friday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed SB 202, the ‘Election Integrity Act of 2021.’ The bill is intended to ensure election integrity in Georgia’s elections by placing restrictions on voting by mail and greater legislative control over how elections are governed. But the measure failed to address a pivotal component of the state’s election disaster last November, specifically electronic voting equipment.

Rep. Barry Fleming, R-Harlem, who sponsored SB 202, currently has a separate omnibus election bill awaiting consideration on the Senate floor. His 45-page HB 531 aims to amend Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated “relating to elections and primaries generally, to provide that no election superintendents or boards of registrars shall accept private funding; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.”

What ever the outcome of today’s vote on GA HB 531, and other legislation regarding election Integrity, that I have faith in God’s plan, and pray for the best. May cooler heads prevail! https://t.co/LnFUOcLCIA

— Christopher M Carrusca (@RealCMPC) March 29, 2021

The amended bill would, among other security enhancements:

  • provide for the certification and testing of voting equipment;
  • provide for the use of overt, covert, and forensic level security elements on ballots;
  • provide for the storage and retention of absentee ballots by precinct with a secure chain of custody;
  • provide for a high-security end to end secure supply chain for ballots using a secure print facility, restricted security inks, restricted ink markers, and verification devices for the security elements on ballots;
  • provide for the maintenance of certain lists of absentee voters;

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