WHAT NEW VOT­ING MA­CHINES FOR STATE MIGHT LOOK LIKE

Cost es­ti­mates range from $20 mil­lion to more than $100 mil­lion.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark Niesse mark.niesse@ajc.com

GROVETOWN — Six elec­tion com­pa­nies of­fered a first look Thurs­day at vot­ing sys­tems they’re try­ing to sell to Ge­or­gia, all of which have some sort of pa­per bal­lot com­bined with tab­u­la­tion com­put­ers.

All but one of the com­pa­nies pitched touch­screen ma­chines, sim­i­lar to those cur­rently in use, that print bal­lots as a backup to help en­sure ac­cu­rate re­sults.

The re­main­ing com­pany pro­posed hand-marked pa­per bal­lots, where vot­ers would fill in bub­bles next to their choices and then feed those bal­lots into scan­ning ma­chines.

Ge­or­gia’s elected of­fi­cials are con­sid­er­ing switch­ing from the state’s 16-year-old elec­tronic vot­ing ma­chines to a more se­cure sys­tem. Crit­ics of the state’s cur- rent direct-record­ing elec­tronic vot­ing sys­tem say they’re con­cerned it could be hacked with­out any back­stop.

The elec­tion com­pa­nies de­mon-

dren in need,” said spokes­woman Alice Ba­gley.

Un­til a suc­ces­sor is found, long­time board mem­ber Mary­beth Leamer will serve as the in­terim CEO. Leamer re­tired from Cox En­ter­prises ear­lier this year, where she served as ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of hu­man re­sources and ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Cox En­ter­prises, which owns The At­lanta Jour­nal-Con­sti­tu­tion, is one of the non­profit’s cor­po­rate donors.

Be­fore join­ing Fam­i­lies First, Tucker, a fa­ther of three, was chief strat­egy of­fi­cer and gen­eral coun­sel with the City of Refuge.

At the time, Sunny Bur­rows, then chair­man of the board of Fam­i­lies First, praised Tucker’s “mix of creativ­ity, pas­sion, and re­spect for the power of data, all of which we ex­pect to lever­age to even greater im­pact on be­half of the chil­dren and fam­i­lies we serve.”

There are nearly 14,000 chil­dren in fos­ter care in Ge­or­gia, up from 7,500 in 2011, ac­cord­ing to the Fam­i­lies First web­site.

BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Scott Tucker from Do­min­ion Vot­ing un­loads equip­ment Thurs­day for his pre­sen­ta­tion to the Se­cure, Ac­ces­si­ble & Fair Elec­tions Com­mis­sion, a group of law­mak­ers, elec­tion di­rec­tors and vot­ers who are re­view­ing the state’s op­tions for a re­place­ment vot­ing sys­tem.

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