For Immediate Release Common Cause Georgia is Hopeful About Independent Commission

Posted on April 12, 2018

Common Cause Georgia is optimistic concerning the news out of Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s office to form an independent commission on voting machines. The commission will study and provide recommendations to the state on the purchase of new voting machines.

“Georgia voters deserve secure and modern elections where our ballots are counted as cast,” said Sara Henderson, executive director of Common Cause Georgia. “We appreciate Secretary Kemp’s consideration of a commission and we are calling for experts, local elected officials, and election integrity advocates to be included in the commission. Georgia will be receiving an estimated $10.3 million in funds from Congress for election security. We have an opportunity to ensure secure, verifiable, and auditable elections for the next decade for our voters,” Henderson said.

Common Cause Georgia is proposing the commission be comprised of experts in the following fields:

  • Georgia elections administrators;
  • Cybersecurity
  • Information technology;
  • Election Integrity experts;
  • Voting Integrity advocacy organizations; and
  • Disability advocates.

These individuals should be steeped in best practices and real-world applications of the software, hardware, and voting systems that are currently being sold to states across the country. The combined expertise of the members of the commission will help to inform the state on the best voting systems to suit the needs of Georgia voters and to protect the state against the potential of hackers to infiltrate our elections.

“A commission that is made up of experts and advocates who are operating independently of the state government will be best suited to make nonbiased and informed recommendations ahead of the 2019 legislative session,” Henderson said. “We must ensure we are listening to the public and experts in elections, so we are using taxpayer dollars judiciously and with as much transparency as possible,” Henderson continued.

Office: Common Cause Georgia

Issues: Voting and Elections

Common Cause is a nonpartisan grassroots organization dedicated to upholding the core values of American democracy. We work to create open, honest, and accountable government that serves the public interest; promote equal rights, opportunity, and representation for all; and empower all people to make their voices heard in the political process.

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