PETITION TO BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, BOARD OF REGISTRARS, ELECTION SUPERINTENDENT AND THE VOTERS OF GRADY COUNTY REGARDING THE USE OF ELECTRONIC VOTING SYSTEMS
A group of Concerned Citizens of Grady County have been appealing to the above-named entities and parties. We wish to enter the facts into the public record of Grady County, for consideration by the public to support our endeavors to correct deficiencies in our voting process. The following facts are presented in an appeal for you to take action to protect and secure our elections. We demand legal, secure, accurate, and transparent elections.
- LOSS OF TRUST BY VOTERS
Voters on all sides of the political spectrum have been raising concerns about electronic voting since its inception in the early 2000’s. Upon discovery of the following outlined vulnerabilities and election security issues, it is incumbent upon the elected representatives of Grady County to provide for secure and transparent elections. Counties need to decentralize the process, the poll books, and the counting.
- UNREADABLE QR CODE IS UNLAWFUL SOFTWARE / HARDWARE
Official Code of Georgia O.C.G.A. § 21-2-300(a)(2) mandates voting on “electronic ballot markers” that …(2) produce paper ballots which are marked with the elector’s choice in a format readable by the elector”. Pursuant to an OPINION AND ORDER by US District Judge Amy Totenberg in Curling vs Raffensperger, dated October 11, 2020, the current electronic voting system in Georgia utilizing the Dominion ballot marking devices (BMD), scanning equipment and software violates Georgia Statute by utilizing “an unencrypted, humanly unverifiable QR code that can be subject to external manipulation and does not allow proper voter verification and ballot vote auditing.” This humanly unreadable QR code negates the voters right to know exactly how their vote is tabulated and undermines transparency and trust in the process and renders their use impracticable.
- OUTDATED UNSECURE SOFTWARE – MAINTENANCE & ADVISORY NEGLIGENCE
The electronic voting machines in Georgia continue to run on the original software suite approved by Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in 2019. Since that time, four (4) software upgrades have been approved by the EAC that address security vulnerabilities and provide the option to remove illegal QR code used for tabulation of votes.
- CYBERSECURITY VULNERABILITIES NOT MITIGATED
The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Advisory has recommended upgrading the Dominion software on 6/3/2022. The Halderman Report released 6/2023, a report held secret for almost 2 years, provides damning evidence of the vulnerability of the Dominion ImageCast X Ballot Marking Devices (ICX BMD). The Secretary of State defended his inaction based on the MITRE Report. This was followed by a letter from 29 cyber security experts demanding a retraction of MITRE Report as a dangerous and misleading risk assessment.
- SECRETARY OF STATE REFUSAL TO ACT
Dominion software updates were released in 2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023, yet there’s been no effort to install. SOS Raffensperger has known of the Halderman Report since 10/2020. In addition, the SOS has had the CISA Advisory since 6/3/2022. The failure to implement the EAC approved software updates and correct the vulnerabilities is ongoing. In fact, based on these third-party reports and advisories on the security of the software, the SOS might be guilty of violating O.C.G.A. 21-2-324 and 21-2-379.24. Further, municipalities are to “provide voting machines in good working order” per O.C.G.A 21-2-323. The election superintendent, Board of Registrars, Board of Commissioners may be complicit of wrongdoing by certifying future elections that lack appropriate cybersecurity updates.
- VOTER ROLL MANIPULATION/IRREGULARITIES/ISSUES
The current SOS centralized voter roll system GARVIS has been found to have significant deficiencies and irregularities. Evidence suggests manipulation of voter records across the state. This can lead to voting irregularities allowing larger counties to cancel out the accuracy of the smaller counties.
- LEGAL AUTHORITY TO CONDUCT PAPER BALLOTS, HAND COUNT
O.C.G.A. 21-2-334 provides “If a method of nomination or election for any candidate or office, or of voting on any question is prescribed by law, in which the use of voting machines is not possible or practicable, or in case, at any primary or election, the number of candidates seeking nomination or nominated for any office renders the use of voting machines for such office at such primary or election impracticable, or if, for any other reason, at any primary or election the use of voting machines wholly or in part is not practicable, the superintendent may arrange to have the voting for such candidates or offices or for such questions conducted by paper ballots.” See independent legal opinion from Bernard & Johnson.
- OATH OF OFFICE, DUTY TO CERTIFY AS ACCURATE
Current O.C.G.A. provides for hand counting in both O.C.G.A. 21-2-334 and O.C.G.A. 21-2-493. It is the duty of the Election Superintendent to certify the elections of Grady County are accurate.
REMEDY FOR THE VOTERS OF GEORGIA: SECURITY GRADE PAPER BALLOTS, HAND COUNTED AT THE PRECINCT INCLUDING ABSENTEE ON DAY OF ELECTION.
For sources referenced in this appeal, visit www.georgiansfortruth.org. Downloadable PDF Version