WHAT NEW VOTING MACHINES FOR STATE MIGHT LOOK LIKE
Cost estimates range from $20 million to more than $100 million.
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.
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.