Hearings on Electronic Voting Machines

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.

3 comments

  1. Chris says:

    While most of the issues with the lack of verified voter trail are espoused by the conspiracy nuts who think Elvis filmed the moon landings after killing JFK, it _is_ technically possible that the machines could be tampered with.

    I support a paper trail, and a program to randomly audit machines or whole precincts in a statistically significant manner to make sure the paper and electronic vote counts match.

  2. Demonbeck says:

    Create paper receipts but force each voter to throw his/her receipt in the trash before they walk out the door. That way each voter can check his/her votes and it keeps people from buying/selling votes.

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