I just received this email from Board Member Randy Evans:
The State Election Board has voted to have public meetings on electronic voting machines. The first three meetings will be held in conjunction with meetings on the experimental paper audit trails for the existing equipment (DRE). The times, dates, and locations are as follows:
December 14, 2006 – 2:00 p.m. – Woodbine City Hall, Woodbine, Georgia
December 19, 2006 – 6:00 p.m. – Jessie Rice Elementary School, Macon Georgia
December 21, 2006 – 10:00 a.m. – McEachern United Methodist Church, Powder Springs, Georgia
If you would like to speak on electronic voting machines in Georgia, please contact Cliff Tatum at the Secretary of State’s office to add your name to the list of those speaking.
Written statements can be submitted for review and consideration by the State Election Board.
It’s probably a good idea to hold hearings, given the recent publicity about potential problems with the machines, but personally I’m comfortable Georgia has procedures in place to protect electronic fraud.