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The Coalition’s Newest Effort
Georgia’s laws permit rejecting a mail ballot if the voter has made tiny technical errors when signing the envelope. Coalition for Good Governance helped five Georgia voters file a mail ballot lawsuit on October 15 against Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the State Election Board, and Gwinnett County election officials. This lawsuit grew out of the longer-term election security case that the Coalition initiated against SOS Kemp and other officials to stop Georgia’s use of unauditable paperless voting machines.
The Coalition’s Continuing Lawsuit to Change to Paper Ballots
On October 12, Rachel Maddow told her viewers about the Georgia scandals that Coalition of Good Governance has been fighting since summer 2017. She mentioned our case (beginning at timestamp 8:20), calling it the “good government group’s lawsuit”! She explains that the Georgia government’s response to our lawsuit was to wipe the servers’ memories so that no further information about possible hacking could come to light. She also portrays SOS Kemp’s partisan attacks to disenfranchise nonwhite voters via misuse of law enforcement and with the cooperation of the state legislature.
SOS Kemp, who controls Georgia’s entire election system including every voting machine and tabulating computer, is himself running in a close race for governor.
The press has not described how easily SOS Kemp (or unknown colleagues) can rig the electronic machines without a trace. That danger is why Coalition for Good Governance is fighting for paper ballots for all Georgians. The Court determined that voting on the electronic machine system was unconstitutional, but that ordering a switch to paper ballots without more preparation time could also burden the right to vote.
Because of the disenfranchisement as described by Rachel and many Georgians, we are now asking the Court to require (1) electronic pollbook corrections and security now and (2) paper ballots for the December runoff election and the 2019 elections, while we await the 2019 hearing on the merits of the paper ballots case.
Requests for absentee (paper) ballots are spiking, so we know our legal work is having a good effect. Please support Coalition for Good Governance and keep the momentum going to protect the vote in Georgia. I am asking you because we truly need support from donors like you. Please be part of our effort to bring paper ballots to Georgia voters.
Marilyn R. Marks, Executive Director Coalition for Good Governance 7035 Marching Duck Dr. E504 Charlotte, NC 28210 (704) 292 9802 Marilyn@USCGG.org