John Noel had something to say today, but Georgia’s State Board of Elections wasn’t listening

Above: Democratic Georgia Public Service Commission Candidate John Noel Read: John Noel makes a second run for Georgia Public Service Commission–this time in joint campaign with Robert Bryant By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman John Noel, a Democratic candidate for the Georgia Public Service Commission, was prepared to speak when he came to the Georgia State Board of Election’s emergency hearing in Athens today. The Board was there to deal with what it saw as an insurrection: the decision by the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections to toss the state’s system of oversized ballot-marking devices in favor of handmarked paper ballots. Noel had something to say on the issue of ballot secrecy. He’s concerned since he’ll be on the ballot in Clarke as well…

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State calls emergency hearing over Athens-Clarke call to go with handmarked paper ballots

Welcome to the machine and its big-ass screen By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman That didn’t take long. Late this afternoon, word went out from the Georgia State Board of Elections calling an emergency hearing regarding the Athens-Clarke County Board of Election’s Tuesday decision to toss the state’s new voting system and go with handmarked paper ballots. The local board based its decision on concerns over ballot secrecy due to the size of the ballot marking devices. They are large. So is the font used with them. They can be seen across the room. Maybe Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger should have noticed this before his office bought the machines. Or paid closer attention to Georgia’s pesky Constitution, which states “Elections by the people…

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My message to Georgia State Elections Board about their horrible recount proposal

Update: So of course they ignored me, along with everyone else. The State Election Board voted unanimously Friday to conduct recounts of Georgia’s new paper ballots with scanning machines instead of people: https://t.co/0mDYtxZJGT #gapol — Mark Niesse (@markniesse) February 28, 2020 By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman It’s amazing bad. I wrote about it on this website. In a nutshell, elections officials want to conduct recounts by scanning the QR codes, commonly referred to as barcodes, rather than looking at each ballot and counting the printed text–what they want voters to check. Humans cannot read barcodes, so there’s no check on the system. Read my post here. Today’s the deadline for action Action item–Deadline TODAY: Submit written comments on Rule 183-1-15-.03 Optical Scan Recount Procedure by end…

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Georgia elections officials plan to make a mockery of recounts. Today’s the last day to tell them “I see what you’re doing”

Photo hat tip @jennycohn1 Update: Surprise–the board didn’t listen to us. The State Election Board voted unanimously Friday to conduct recounts of Georgia’s new paper ballots with scanning machines instead of people: https://t.co/0mDYtxZJGT #gapol — Mark Niesse (@markniesse) February 28, 2020   Action item–Deadline TODAY: Submit written comments on Rule 183-1-15-.03 Optical Scan Recount Procedure by end of day Monday, February 17 to Jasmine Shannon, Secretary of State Elections Division 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SE 8th Floor West Tower Atlanta GA 30334 or email to jshannon@sos.ga.gov The issue is scheduled for decision on Feb. 28 at the same address, Room 1816. Meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. Hey Georgia: This proposed State Election Board rule is amazingly bad. You should do…

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Hey Georgia: This proposed State Election Board rule is amazingly bad. You should do something.

Photo hat tip @jennycohn1 Update: Suprise–they didn’t listen to us. The State Election Board voted unanimously Friday to conduct recounts of Georgia’s new paper ballots with scanning machines instead of people: https://t.co/0mDYtxZJGT #gapol — Mark Niesse (@markniesse) February 28, 2020   Action item–Deadline Monday: Submit written comments on Rule 183-1-15-.03 Optical Scan Recount Procedure by end of day Monday, February 17 to Jasmine Shannon, Secretary of State Elections Division 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SE 8th Floor West Tower Atlanta GA 30334 or email to jshannon@sos.ga.gov. The issue is scheduled for decision on Feb. 28 at the same address, Room 1816. Meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. By Jonathan Grant @Brambleman You may have noticed elections officials in Georgia have problems running…

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Download Georgia State Election Board proposed rules and Democratic response

Contents: Links to proposed rules; Democratic Party of Georgia’s response to proposed rules with supporting documents, Jan. 22 meeting agenda   Rules Proposed for Adoption by the State Election Board Jan. 22 Proposed Amendments to SEB Rule 183-1-6 Proposed Amendments to SEB Rule 183-1-12  Proposed Amendments to SEB Rule 183-1-13  Proposed Amendments to SEB Rule 183-1-14 Proposed Amendments to SEB Rule 183-1-15  Democratic Party of Georgia response For Immediate Release Date: January 14, 2020   DPG Releases Public Comment on State Election Board Proposed Rules ATLANTA – Today, the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Voter Protection team shared the DPG’s comments and revisions to the State Election Board’s Proposed Rules for the administration of Georgia elections, including administration of new voting machines. DPG…

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