The Board of Elections will now need to schedule and hold a "Specially Called" meeting or wait until the next regular meeting in August to vote on the motion. The move comes one day after Spalding citizens were shown a live demo of how hand counting and paper ballots could efficiently be used and potentially save cost for the County.
Since the 2020 election Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his staff have steadfastly insisted that they alone may instruct the Counties on the methods they may use to conduct elections.
In recent weeks, election integrity experts have been calling out Raffenspergers claims of control, citing his own testimony in a previous court case (Pearson v. Raffensperger.) Documents in that case, filed by Raffensperger, asserted that neither he nor Kemp has authority to direct the actions of county election officials.
Yesterday during the paper ballot demonstration David Cross, an election integrity advocate, discussed why Counties throughout Georgia should investigate and consider the move to paper ballots and hand counting to restore confidence in Georgia elections. He also cautioned them to be aware they would likely receive pushback from Raffensperger, Kemp and others who seem to have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo and use of the voting machines.
The recently released Halderman Report sheds new concerns on the machines and ultimately state that simple patches or fixes will be unlikely to change the numerous vulnerabilities in the machines. Halderman specifies that the systems were not designed nor built to be secure so simply patching the system will not work.