Six counties to use new voting machines before the rest of the state, plus county voter numbers update.

Board of Elections, News

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Elections shared that six counties within the state will utilize the new voting machines before the rest of the state during their meeting held on Monday, September 1, 2019.

These counties will be Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Decatur, Paulding, and Lowndes.

Cobb county will be using a paper ballot system by volunteer decision.

Gilmer county will be using the old machines for their special election on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 due to the last-minute nature of the election.

It is still expected that all precincts will utilize the new machines by the president preference election, but no further information has been provided at this time.

As of Saturday, August 31, 2019, there are 19,957 total voters registered for Fannin county, both active and inactive. There were 181 new applications and 65 deletions (45 moved out of county, 4 moved out of state and 16 deceased).

As of Sunday, September 8, 2019, there are 19,992 total registered voters in Fannin County.

A list of 2020 state elections and the voter registration calendar may be found here!

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Secretary of State Issues Statement on New Voting Machines

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In response to the upcoming voting machines being implemented in 2020, the following news has been released by the Georgia Secretary of State:

SECURITY-FOCUSED TECH COMPANY, DOMINION
VOTING TO IMPLEMENT NEW VERIFIED PAPER BALLOT
SYSTEM

Security-Focused Tech Company, Dominion Voting to Implement New Verified Paper Ballot System
(ATLANTA) — After a competitive selection process, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger selects Dominion Voting
Systems to implement its new verified paper ballot system. Implementation of the new secure voting system will start
immediately and be in place and fully operational for the March 24, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary.
“Elections security is my top priority,” said Raffensperger. “We look forward to working with national and local elections
security experts to institute best practices and continue to safeguard all aspects of physical and cyber-security in an
ever-changing threat environment.”

The Georgia Secretary of State’s office has already partnered with the Department of Homeland Security and private
cyber-security companies to provide network monitoring, cyber-hygiene scanning, and cyber-security assessments.
Many Georgia counties have also partnered with DHS to provide physical security assessments of their election offices.
“We are honored to partner with the State of Georgia to deliver a best-in-class system that is fully adaptable to state
needs,” said Dominion CEO John Poulous. “Election officials and voters alike can be assured they are using the most
modern, accessible and security-focused system on the market today, with paper ballots for every vote cast to ease
auditing and ensure confidence in results.”

“As Election Director my job is to make sure every voter has a positive experience,” said Rockdale County Elections
Supervisor, Cynthia Willingham. “We are grateful to the Secretary of State for the new system and will ensure every
voter is able to efficiently and accurately cast their ballot.”

 

According to Mary Ann Conner of the Fannin County Board of Elections, the above information has been published on the Secretary of State’s Website as well.

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