Help CGG Fight Georgia’s Flawed 2021 Voting Laws and Its Unverifiable Voting Machines
March 30, 2022
In 2021, generous support of individuals and foundations provided Coalition for Good Governance with essential funding for its two ongoing primary projects.
Both cases are very active now. They require every resource available to CGG, including thousands of hours of unpaid efforts by volunteers. Significant and immediate additional financial support is needed as these essential voting rights cases move forward.
CGG v. Kemp
Our newest project is the Coalition for Good Governance v. Kemp litigation challenging Georgia’s now infamous 2021 SB202 election legislation that subverts voting rights, blocks transparency, and permits the State to take over County election administration on a partisan basis.
We are challenging 15 provisions of SB202 as federal constitutional violations. The case is being heard by U.S. District Court Judge J.P. Boulee in Atlanta, Georgia. Judge Boulee has already ruled in CGG’s favor for one of the challenged provisions.
Our complex, unique case against the State focuses on key areas that are not what the other 7 cases against SB202 are challenging.
The driving policy behind SB202 is to legitimize complete partisan control of elections and to permit concealment of the resulting election subversion through SB202’s anti-transparency provisions.
We seek your continued support for this essential legal action against unconstitutional provisions that would permit partisan interest to have unilateral control of County-based elections in Georgia. We are very optimistic about the posture and future of the case.
Curling v. Raffensperger
Our long-running project is the Curling v. Raffensperger litigation to secure the voting system through the removal of unverifiable touchscreen ballot marking devices (BMDs) and by requiring robust post-election audits. This case continues to be heard by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Totenberg, also in Atlanta.
The case is moving slowly because of the State’s tenacious commitment to the unauditable system. Our goal is to get a decision that will protect the November mid-terms.
As the press has reported, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has recently initiated a review of the system vulnerabilities documented by Dr. J. Alex Halderman in his Court-sealed July 1, 2021, expert rebuttal in our case. The highly confidential document reportedly details numerous ways Georgia’s voting system can be manipulated through the touchscreen components to change votes in an undetected manner. We have advocated for the release of a redacted version of the document to the public, although the Court has denied our request to date. If we can obtain the necessary funding, we plan to seek a preliminary injunction that would ban the equipment at least until Dominion has deployed CISA-approved patches.
Discovery in this phase of the case has produced alarming findings of November 2020 tabulation discrepancies and significant errors in Georgia election results. Note: We have found nothing that would alter the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, as the significant tabulation errors appear to be offsetting by fortunate happenstance.
CGG has used a team of volunteer, highly skilled analysts whose evaluations of hundreds of thousands of ballot images and tabulations were then validated by our engaged experts. As we have reported to the Court, the number of tabulation discrepancies was unacceptable and cannot be tolerated for the 2022 mid-terms. The irregularities include thousands of double- and triple-counted ballots for which no explanation has been forthcoming.
The discovery process has dealt serious blows to the State’s unsustainable position on the security and reliability of the touchscreen BMD system. The voting system expert engaged by the State has not rebutted Dr. Halderman’s findings but instead stated that he does not refute them.
Lawmakers, election officials, and the Court are struggling with the reality that the BMDs should be taken out of service and replaced by hand marked paper ballots counted by optical scanners and thoroughly audited. That process will be essential for Georgia’s 2022 high-profile elections to have national credibility and avoid debilitating post-election controversies. We so much appreciate your continued support in this effort.
To Support CGG in These Lawsuits
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1520 Cress Court
Boulder, CO 80304
Thank you for your support!
On behalf of the grateful Coalition for Good Governance Team,
Marilyn R. Marks, Executive Director
(704) 292 9802
P.S. Our EIN is 26-3670783. Our Public Disclosure copy of the 2020 Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax (Form 990) is available here. Coalition for Good Governance is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization (501(c)(3)) focused on election security and transparency.
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