As the new secretary of state, the individual will be in charge of the state’s voter registration database, determining when or if to remove voters from the database and what to do with Georgia’s old voting machines — giving the secretary of state in Georiga an immensely powerful position.
Not true. The management of all voter registration databases is managed by state law. Who is removed from that database is governed by those laws.
The purchase of voting machines is usually decided county by county, with guidance from the state. It’s very common for different counties to have different voting machines.
According to Courthouse News, Raffensperger has made it known that he is an ally of Kemp and will be purging the voter registration database by revoking the eligibility of non-performing voters to ensure election integrity. Kemp approved the removal of over 1.4 million voters during his tenure and last year, he revoked the registrations of over 668,000 voters.
Statistically, > 90% of removals nationwide are done because the voter is…. well….dead. Probably best to mention that.
What is the Georgia Secretary of State Responsible For?
He explained that the secretary of state has the broad responsibility of deciding what “voter registrations get accepted or placed in pending status, how aggressively you apply voter ID requirements, how many resources get assigned to voting and where, deciding what machinery gets chosen and how it’s distributed.”
Hmmm. The Sect of State does have some influence there, as far as general guidance is concerned, but the majority of the important decisions are made, again, at the county level.
Elections officials are empowered under the voter ID laws to cancel registrations or revoke ballots of voters when their information is not an “exact match” with what is contained in the government’s database. Several voter advocacy groups have filed lawsuits over this policy and federal judges have had to restrict the secretary of state’s activities in this area.
Exact match has some issues, mostly due to the fact that people’s signatures evolve over their lives. But most positive Voter ID provisions are not problematic.
Apart from the power to purge the voter database or restrict voter registration, the secretary of state also has powers to change the state’s voting machines. Georgia’s voting machines are widely considered outdated, and a judged ruled they must be replaced before 2020. The Coalition for Good Governance attempted to have the state use paper ballots in the 2018 general election, but a federal judge prevented the move.
Good. Paper’s not a viable solution anymore. Because the entire nation violates UN election guidelines by letting partisans handle ballots, there are serious chain of custody issues with paper alone, as well as the obvious problem of tabulation.
Georgia is one of five U.S. states using only electronic voting machines without recourse to paper ballots. Voting experts say paper ballots serve to verify results provided by voting machines, since electronic voting machines are susceptible to hacking where paper trails are not available.
That’s kind of a different issue than “paper only”. Certainly having output-to-paper, both detail and summary, are valuable in the verification process.
Raffensperger has said he would update Georgia’s voting machines with “improved paper ballot verification for ballot security,” while Barrow said he would “decertify these machines” and use “hand-marked paper ballots using optical scanners.”
Then Barrow’s a nut. OCR is a 1970’s solution.