Given the multitude of issues related to the State of Georgia’s elections system including: data breaches, issues and lawsuits related to its unauditable black-box elections system, server wipes at a time of legal scrutiny, voter suppression accusations after voter purge and attempts to close precincts, highly suspicious election drop-off rates in African American communities – It’s time to create a log of many of the related news stories chronicling the Georgia Secretary of State’s failure to preside over fair and transparent elections with news stories dating from 2015 onward.


  • Sep 16, 2016 AJC: One of the nation’s most unique election partnerships is in Georgia
    The state’s collaboration with the Center for Election Systems at Kennesaw State University…has only one client – the state – and only a handful of staff and student assistants, yet it has a hand in almost every operation that touches Election Day. It creates every ballot (even the local ones) used in every election every year across the state; sources every electronic poll book (list of eligible voters) used in every election for each of the state’s 3,000 precincts; and tests every single piece of voting equipment used across the state
  • Sep 9, 2016 AJC: An election primer on Georgia’s voting system and ballot security
  • Aug 28, 2016 Politico: Elections security: Federal help or power grab?
  • Aug 25, 2016 Nextgov: At Least One State Declines Offer for DHS Voting Security
    “Georgia, which is running electronic-only machines—there’s no paper trail. … And the machines they’re using are more than a decade old…and the operating system they’re using is Windows 2000, which hasn’t been updated for security for years, which means it’s a sitting duck,” Zeynep Tufekci, a University of North Carolina information and library science professor, told NPR on Saturday.


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  • Coalition for Good Governance
  • MIT Election Lab
  • Dr. Michael Herron, Dartmouth Professor of Government Chair, Program in Quantitative Social Science and others
  • Rich Demillo, Phd, Professor of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and former Chief Technology Officer at Hewlett-Packard
  • Alex Halderman, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Michigan
    “Voting is not as safe as it needs to be,” Halderman, a computer science professor at the University of Michigan, said Monday. “The safest technology is to have voters vote on a piece of paper.”
  • State Rep Scot Turner
    “When you see a machine flip votes, you have to admit things are vulnerable,” Turner, a Republican from Holly Springs, said after watching Halderman’s demonstration. “It might take a wide-scale effort to do what he did on a statewide basis, but it can be done. We owe it to the voters to make sure it’s not.”
  • Mark Niesse, AJC reporter
  • Greg Bluestein, AJC reporter
  • Kristina Torres, AJC reporter
  • Marian Schneider, President of the Verified Voting Foundation
  • Sara Henderson, Executive Director of Common Cause Georgia
  • Pew Research Center
  • Casey Cagle, Fmr Lt Governor (R)
    Cagle told WABE that a paper ballot trail “ensures that accuracy is there, and that there are no games that potentially could be played.”

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