How to Safely Vote by Mail on Real, Verifiable Paper Ballot

Garland Favorito heads VoterGA, Georgia’s premier watchdog group overseeing our voting system. He recommends voting by mail and has provided practical guidelines on how to do so.

How to Safely Vote by Mail on a Real, Verifiable Paper Ballot

ATLANTA GA – Georgia’s new Ballot Marking Device (BMD) voting system accumulates votes hidden in unverifiable bar codes. Recounts will rescan those encrypted bar codes and the vast majority of races will not be audited. Even if a race was audited, only a small percentage of summary sheets will be verified.

Although the inventor of Risk Limiting Audits (RLA) wrote to officials to say they are “meaningless” for BMDs any statewide or federal elections that are audited will use them anyway. Scientists concluded that BMDs are as hackable as their 17 year old predecessors. Georgia is still using ballot building procedures similar to those that left the state election system exposed to the internet for hacking in 2017.

For these reasons and more VoterGA urges all Georgians vote by mail to ensure their vote is actually counted correctly as cast. Any registered voter can get a mail-in ballot application for an election by calling or emailing their county registrars. Voters can also get an application from the Secretary of State web site:

Once the application is completed it can be scanned and returned to most counties via Email.  Voters can also identify where to mail the application by getting the county election office address from the Secretary of State web site:

Contact information for the major metro counties are included in the tables below:

Metro county office addresses:

Cobb County Chief Registrar
736 Whitlock Ave NW
Suite 400
Marietta, GA 30064-4663
absentee@cobbcounty.org
770 528-2581
DeKalb County Election Supervisor
Memorial Drive Complex
4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300
Decatur, GA 30032-1239
absenteeballot@dekalbcountyga.gov
404 298-4020

 

Fulton County Voting Registrar
130 Peachtree Street, SW
Suite 2186 F
Atlanta, GA 30303-3460
elections.absentee@fultoncountyga.gov
404 612-7020
Gwinnett County Election Supervisor
75 Langley Drive
455 Grayson Highway, Suite 200
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
Absentee@gwinnettcounty.com
678 226 7210

Once you receive a ballot from the county and vote, you can mail or deliver it to a county office or annex. You cannot turn in your mail-in ballot to your precinct on Election Day but if you forget to mail or deliver it, you can bring it with you, have them spoil it, and vote electronically there. You also cannot turn in other people’s mail-in ballots unless they checked the disabled box on their application

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