Georgia’s elections director sent a memo in November to warn counties that voting machine software wasn’t subject to open record requests as public demand was growing for transparency over Dominion Voting Systems software and other electronic poll book data.
The secretary of state’s office declined to comment on the matter, but didn’t deny the authenticity of the letter when contacted by The Epoch Times.
The memo also instructed against releasing information in KNOWiNK poll book log files, as it contains information protected under the Georgia Trade Secrets Act and the Open Records Act.
The memo cites Georgia law, which states that “documents or information that, if made public, would endanger the security of any voting system used or being considered for use in this state, or any component thereof, including, but not limited to, electronic ballot markers, DREs, ballot scanners, poll books, and software or data bases used for voter registration, shall not be open for public inspection except upon order of a court of competent jurisdiction.”
Those who are convinced of election irregularities in the state have been frustrated by the reluctance of state officials, including Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, to scrutinize the voting process more closely.
Ralston, a Republican, told reporters in Atlanta that he’s seeking a constitutional amendment that would take the power to select the secretary of state from voters and give it to legislators.
“I think it’s time in Georgia that we look at an alternative way of electing our secretary of state,” Ralston said at a press conference. “I’m dead serious about this.”
Issues of election security in the state are even more significant due to the impending runoff election that may affect the balance of power in the U.S. Senate.
Raffensperger asked researchers at the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs to conduct the check, including a “randomized signature match study of election materials handled at the county level in the November 3 Presidential contest.”
Researchers will also examine the county-level processes used to match signatures on absentee ballots and their envelopes.