Kemp, the GOP gubernatorial nominee, co-chairs the SAFE Commission with Harlem state Rep. Barry Fleming. The bipartisan committee includes two Democratic state legislators, six county elections officials, attorneys for the state Democratic and Republican parties and others. They won’t be put to use in Georgia anytime soon, but vendors interested in providing the state’s new voting system will present their wares Thursday in Grovetown. At the second meeting of the Secure, Accessible and Fair Elections (SAFE) Commission, vendors who responded to the state’s recent request for information on options for replacing Georgia’s voting system are invited to present their products to the statewide panel.
Various groups have called amid hacking fears to replace Georgia’s 16-year-old, paperless Diebold voting system prior to November midterm elections, but the commission is on track to select a new system in time for 2020 elections, according to the request. The new system is estimated to cost the state between $30 million and $150 million.
Expected to demonstrate their systems Thursday include vendors Dominion Voting Systems, Election Systems & Software, Hart Intercivic, Smartmatic, Unisyn and possibly others who responded to the state’s request for information, according to Candice Broce, press secretary and attorney for Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp.