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VoterGA GA Legislative Update - DRE ban bill, ballot access bills introduced!!!

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February 18, 2010, 8:21PM

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VoterGA Legislative Update - DRE ban bill, ballot access bills introduced!!!


VoterGA Supporters,

On Tuesday, Representative Tim Bearden introduced a bi-partisan bill that would ban existing unverifiable electronic voting equipment in Georgia and provide for Georgia voters to use optical scan voting on Election Day. Co-sponsors currently include Karla Drenner, Austin Scott, Barry Loudermillk and Bobby Franklin. More are expected this week.

While many of us have been technology neutral in regards to voting machines, this bill seems to have everything that all E-voting rights activists have wanted. The provisions of this bill are:

It eliminates Direct Recording Electronic voting in Georgia which currently has no means to be audited;

It eliminates lever machine voting which has no means to produce a ballot;
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It provides for precinct level audits to verify that optical scan tabulations are correct;

It requires recounts to be conducted by hand to ensure that original election results were correct;

It defines a ballot as paper only so that it can be verified, audited and recounted properly;

It provides a consistent means of voting for absentee and Election Day voters;

It removes potentially unconstitutional language in the current Georgia Election Code;
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The next step in the legislative process is for this bill to have a hearing in the House Governmental Affairs Committee. Upon conclusion of the hearing the committee will vote to table the bill or move it to the Rules Committee which can then choose to move it to the House floor for a full House vote. If you would like for the bill to be heard (or not) you can express your request to chairman Mark Hamilton or his assistant Pam Norwood at 770 844-6768 or mark.hamilton@house.ga.gov.

You can also express your request to the other committee members. Their names and contact information can be found at:
http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/house/Committees/govAffairs/gahgaff.htm

The overview of the bill is located here:
http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/sum/hb1215.htm

The full text of the bill is:
http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/versions/hb1215_LC_28_5048_a_2.htm

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