The Question of Paper Ballots in Georgia Part 5

The legislature has some work to do to reconcile O.C.G.A. 21-2-280 which says a ballot may be electronic or printed on paper and O.C.G A. 21-2-300 (a) (1) that with regard to new voting equipment the equipment must be the same state wide. O.C.G.A. 21-2-280 only requires official ballots, neither electronic or paper is required.

electronic or paper allowed

This gives permission for paper ballots which conflicts with O.C.G.A. 21-2-300 requiring all equipment used for casting and counting be the same statewide. To use anything but manual counting would seem to to infer like equipment be required.

Requires same equipment
a vote is what will be counted, not what is printed

If you haven’t developed a headache from the inconsistencies yet, just hold on. O.C.G.A. 21-2-322 (7) allows for the use of a paper ballot if a name does not appear on the electronic ballot. Based on that the existence of a write in candidate which is permitted by law would allow the use of a paper ballot. O.C.G.A. 21-2-322 (16) Requires “It shall, when properly operated, register or record correctly and accurately every vote cast;” In Dominion there really is no way to know this is done especially since we can not seem to get effective audits.

O.C.G.A. 21-2-320 and O.C.G.A. 21-2-321 authorizes any municipality to authorize the use of voting machines and prescribes the method. I would argue that giving this choice to some but not all voters violates the equal prptection clause of the 14th amemdment and that not giving the choice to g from voting machines to paper ballots as well. Also letting one voter use paper for a write in candidate does not offer other voters equal protection. O.C.G.A. 21-2-2 (13) defines municipality as “an incorporated municipality. I would think a county is also a municipality as O.C.G.A. 21-2-2 (12) says “

(12)“Municipal office” means every municipal office to which persons can be elected by a vote of the electors under the laws of this state and the respective municipal charters.(13)“Municipality” means an incorporated municipality.”

O.C.G.A. 21-2-334 allows for using paper ballots when using voting machines is impractical. There is no provision in law that allows the Secretary of State to second guess the election supervisor as to if the machines are impractical. There may be a State Elections Board rule that allows this but based on law the bullying of Athens-Clarke County to force them to use Dominion may have been improper. I am still studying the hearing transcripts to find reference to the authority for the hearing. If anyone would like to help me look for that it would be appreciated.

So, what is the solution? We need a State Board of Elections that is elected like the Public Service Commission is.

(more to come the other solution I had in mind escapes me but I will post it later. )

LINK TO GEORGIA CODE Elections is Title 21

The Question of Paper Ballots In Georgia Part 4

It seems no opportunity to tilt the 2020 election was overlooked. We had ballot harvesting in ballot boxes. Said ballot boxes may or may not have been monitored properly and now not all monitoring records are available. Said ballot boxes used for ballot harvesting were provided by or paid for by a particular group. The provision of the boxes and their use for ballot harvesting are not independent of each other. Ballots could just as easily been returned through mail and should have the same handling procedures regardless of how they were submitted. One has to wonder why the money for the ballot boxes wasn’t used for postage instead. If ballots can be placed in a box outside a polling place they can be taken in and handed to a person or stamped.

We had an illegal voting system the manufacturers of which had sneaked to obtain permission for internet access. One has to wonder why they would want or seek internet access subjecting their own equipment to hacking, deconstructing, and copying. It would seem Dominion is at the very least unscrupulous in under reporting their sales and locations where they have a presence.

Perhaps this is some light shed on why manufacturers would seek internet access :

By all accounts that I can find it was Governor Kemp that signed the contract for Dominion and not the Secretary of State. Selecting a voting system is in the authority of the Secretary of State. Governor Kemp allegedly made the contract after meeting with China. I am trying to verify who signed the contract.

We had a deal between Democrats and the Secretary of State changing ballot handling without the due process of being done by the legislature. The legislature ought to be fighting mad at the Secretary of State AND the Attorney General since the Attorney General’s name was also on the deal. While the State Board of Elections may make rules, when something has been prescribed by the legislature they are obligated to abide by it.

Apparently some municipalities still use paper ballots per O.C.G.A. 22-2-321 and have the option to use paper ballots or voting machines.

O.C.G.A. 21-2-320 gives municipal authorities power to authorize use of voting machines.

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The Question of Paper Ballots in Georgia Part 3

Finally perhaps part of the problem has been discovered in ballot harvesting which is illegal under Georgia law. The ballots placed in drop boxes are counted on Dominion systems without even the pretension of advising the voter for whom they voted. We need people who destroyed evidence of ballot harvesting arrested whether they were the man on the street or the man sitting in the capitol.

Much ado was created last year due to changes in Georgia voting laws. Truth be told Georgia already had laws which when followed could have produced fair and equitable elections. I was pleasantly surprised upon discovering how actions regarding the vote were prescribed by law in detail. There are corrections that need to be made regarding ballot access but the actual vote is well protected in law.

The problem is that Dominion requires Dominion administration of the election. It requires that counties maintain a contract with Dominion every election for their services as long as the system is used. With Dominion interjected, laws and the election process are usurped. This is another reason Dominion is illegal in addition to printing a print command instead of allowing the voter to verify their vote will count as cast. Any system which in any way interferes with the prescribed parties complying with prescribed laws can not be used. At this point those who should be giving Dominion the boot opine they can’t because of the amount of money that was paid for Dominion. And thus those who could correct the problem by action and holding responsible parties accountable become parties to breaking law they have sworn to uphold. To do something illegal cannot be contracted nor enforced. Therefore, Georgia needs to call for Dominion contract to be nullified and the parties put back as close as possible as they were before the non enforceable contract was made.

Our voting system truly is the portion of our government that is in the hands of the people. We need to have our hands in it. Sitting back and remaining free is not an option.


The Question of Paper Ballots in Georgia part 2

So even though the Secretary of State argued against his own position at times further confusing the issue, Athens-Clarke County was forced to use a voting system that is illegal.

Read the order of Judge Totenberg listing all the voting equipment problems but less than a month prior to a presidential election failed to issue injunctive relief to prevent the illegal voting system from being used in the 2020 election.

There is a suit pending seeking to have Dominion banned.

To add insult to injury there is a case pending against the Election Assistance Commission for having met secretly with voting equipment manufacturers and given permission for internet access.


The Question of Paper Ballots In Georgia Part 1

Dominion Voting Systems inherited mistrust from the voting system which preceded it. The previous system was declared by a federal judge to violate due process and equal protection guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. And then Georgia jumped from the voting frying pan into the voting fire by selecting Dominion Voting Systems.

O.C.G.A. 21-2-300 (a) (2) requires that voting systems produce a ballot readable by the voter. Dominion prodeces a printed paper but the actual vote is hidden in a QR code which is proprietary and can not be read by other readers. Cell phones are not allowed in voting areas but even if they were no reader a voter might have on their cell would be able to read the vote. The printed ballot is merely a print command which the voter is without the ability to verify contrary to law.

Athens-Clarke County attempted to revert to paper ballots which law allows based on the machines not being able to be configured with the required additional equipment in a way that would provide privacybwhile voting as required by law. Athens-Clarke County met head on the ire of the Secretary of State and the State Election Board. The Secretary of State called a hearing. March 11 parts 1 and 2.



Something stinks. Something in the Attorney General’s office. Why would a lawyer worth his salt not be able to represent his own campaign? Aside from having signed the agreement with Raffensperger and the democrats to change election law against the Georgia Constitution, the admission that Carr can not properly represent his own campaign is the best reason for him to not be reelected.