Georgia needs new voting technology. That was the basis, at least in part, for a meeting at a Cobb County library Wednesday of state lawmakers, local election officials, a cybersecurity expert and political party representatives. They’re part of the Secure, Accessible and Fair Elections (SAFE) Commission appointed by Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp. It’s tasked with looking at how best to phase out Georgia’s current voting machines first introduced in 2002. “I think the time is late,” said Democratic state Sen. Lester Jackson, who sits on the commission. “But I think this is absolutely necessary, that we have a valid voting process for 2020. One of the most important elections of all time.”
Georgia’s current voting machines, set to be used in this year’s midterms, lack a paper trail voters can verify for themselves, which makes the election system vulnerable to potential hacks or errors, according to cybersecurity experts.
The state commission, which met for the first time Wednesday, will look at the cost of new machines that include a voter-verifiable paper trail.