A state committee charged with recommending changes to Georgia’s voting machines is slated to hold its final meeting Thursday in Atlanta. The Secure, Accessible & Fair Elections Commission plans to take a final round of public comment before discussing recommendations that have come out of three meetings with voting rights advocates, cybersecurity experts, elections officials and vendors. Rep. Eddie Lumsden, R-Rome, said he expects action during the 2019 Georgia General Assembly session that starts Monday. Lumsden said he’s looked at the voting machine options being proposed, but he’s waiting for committee hearings in the Legislature to decide where he stands.
The two leading proposals appear to be a digital machine that provides a hard copy for review before the voter casts the ballot and a paper ballot marked with a pen that can be digitally scanned.
“One system may be more costly than another but I think we need a system that gives us the most accurate representation of what the voter wants,” Lumsden said. “We’ll see how it plays out, but this is something we will have to do in the course of this session.”