HB 641: Adding A Paper Trail To Electronic Voting Machines

Fox 5 had an interview with Representative Scot Turner (R-Holly Springs), who dropped HB 641 towards the end of this year’s session of the Georgia General Assembly, discussing the bill’s requirement to equip our direct-recording electronic (DRE) voting machines with a permanent record of an individual that can be audited, used for a recount, and verified by an voter of his or her ballot.

The bill has garnered bi-partisan support.  Representative Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta) has spoken favorably towards the bill.  Updating our aging voting system isn’t going to be a cheap fix.  It will likely cost millions of dollars, but it will be an investment in the peace of mind of voters as well as opens up a dialog on what that upgrade will look like.

Take a look at the segment on Fox 5:

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Well somebody needs to comment on this so here goes: Adding a paper trail- good in principal. Current wording: “…which record shall: 15 (1) Be available as an official record of the ballot cast and constitute a paper ballot for 16 purposes of any recount conducted under Code Section 21-2-495 or any election 17 challenge under Article 13 of this chapter involving any primary or election in which 18 such system is used; 19 (2) Provide the elector with an opportunity to review the permanent paper record after 20 casting his or her vote on the system and to change… Read more »