A non-profit group is demanding that Fulton County use paper ballots during the sixth district runoff race. In a motion brought by Rocky Mountain Foundation and members of Georgians for Verified Voting, the organizations presented a case that the state’s touch screen-based voting system is “uncertified, unsafe and inaccurate” and that the county officials must instead use paper ballots in the election to have a verifiable transparent election. The group noted a FBI investigation of a cyber-attack on the Center for Election Systems (CES) at Kennesaw State University, the entity responsible for testing and programming voting machines across Georgia.
While the FBI closed its investigation and did not prosecute anyone, the group said that cybersecurity at CES creates a serious ongoing risk of voting system intrusion or malfunction.
The group also cited voter irregularities during the April 18 special election, as well as a Fulton County voting system malfunction that same night, as reasons for concern.
The plaintiffs said Secretary of State Brian Kemp ignored its request to examine the state’s voting system ahead of the special election.