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Voting & Elections 08.15.2019

Common Cause Lauds Court’s Decision in Historic Georgia Election Security Case

Today United States District Court Judge Amy Totenberg issued a preliminary injunction in Curling v. Raffensperger preventing the state of Georgia from continuing to use its insecure paperless voting machines in elections after 2019. The lawsuit challenged the state’s use of the Accuvote TS voting machine. The court found that the paperless voting systems which have been used for almost two decades in Georgia were too vulnerable to hacking and manipulation to ensure a fair election and their use should be discontinued. Additionally, the court made note of serious security flaws in Georgia’s voter registration database and electronic poll book systems and ordered that the state adopt important failsafes to protect voters. These include paper backups of electronic poll books at each precinct, the development of plans and procedures for dealing with errors in the voter registration database, and the adoption of clear directions on the use of provisional ballots.

Voting & Elections 04.30.2019

Georgia’s Governor Signs New Election Security Bill in Response to Voting Rights Groups’ Lawsuit

Governor Brian Kemp today signed into law HB 392, which has a provision requiring Georgia’s secretary of state to take steps to shore up the security of the state’s voter registration database.  The move comes just weeks after Gov. Kemp signed HB 316, which included new protections for Georgia voters who are required to cast provisional ballots. These bills were passed in direct response to a lawsuit brought on behalf of Common Cause Georgia by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, along with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, & Garrison LLP, and Sugarman LLP.

Voting & Elections 02.27.2019

Common Cause Calls Out State’s Misleading Statement on Costs of Hand-Marked Paper Ballots vs Electronic Ballot Marking Devices

In a misleading statement released yesterday, Georgia Secretary of State (SOS) Brad Raffensperger claimed that the cost of deploying a voting system relying on hand-marked paper ballots and ballot marking devices for disability access would exceed the cost of deploying only electronic ballot marking devices for every voting station.  

Common Cause Georgia Urges Full Transparency in New Voting System Purchase

“The citizens of Georgia need to know that voting machine vendors have wooed local officials with expensive perks. Multimillion dollar decisions about which system to buy should be made with the interests of Georgia voters and taxpayers in mind. They should not be made based on which company spent the most lobbying state legislators and fostering close connections with decisionmakers.”

Voting & Elections 09.22.2018

New Opinion Urges Transition to Verifiable Votes by 2020 Elections

Tonight’s ruling by Federal Judge Amy Totenberg handed a qualified victory to pro-democracy advocates pushing for more secure and trusted elections in Georgia. The issue in the case Curling v. Kemp is the state’s continued use of vulnerable paperless electronic voting machines, as part of the paperless Diebold AccuVote TS/TSx voting system.

Voting & Elections 08.29.2018

Common Cause Georgia Applauds Federal Court Decision to Hear Oral Arguments in Curling v. Kemp

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg’s this morning rejected Secretary of State Kemp’s motion to dismiss the Curling v. Kemp lawsuit. Judge Totenberg scheduled a hearing for oral arguments on September 17, 2018 at 11 a.m.

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