ATLANTA – Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger hosted a roundtable on election security alongside David Becker, founder and executive director of the Center for Election Innovation and Research. Joined at the Capitol by more than a dozen experts from organizations including Microsoft, the Department of Homeland Security, and Augusta University, Becker led a wide-ranging discussion on the status of Georgia’s election security.
“Georgia is making great strides in ensuring that elections in the state are more secure than ever before,” Becker, founder and executive director of the Center for Election Innovation and Research, said after the meeting. “I was honored to co-host this roundtable discussion about election cybersecurity with experts from all over the country, including computer science and election technology experts. Our discussions were another step toward protecting Georgia’s voters, along with Georgia’s move in 2020 to paper ballots, with effective audits to confirm the technology counted those ballots properly.”
Several attendees said the roundtable proved beneficial.
“I was pleasantly surprised by how many of the potential issues raised today have already been neutralized by steps our team has previously taken,” Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs said in a news release. “Our office will continue working tirelessly to provide each voter with a seamless transition to the new BMD system.”
The roundtable attendees also discussed Georgia’s efforts to further secure its elections.
“We appreciate Secretary Raffensperger including us in today’s cybersecurity roundtable,” Ginny Badanes, director of Microsoft’s Defending Democracy program, said. “We were encouraged by the expertise at the table and the efforts being made by the state to create a secure voting experience for the people of Georgia.”
Becker and his panel of experts were joined at the roundtable by a number of county elections officials, including Bartow County Elections Director Joseph Kirk and Muscogee County Elections Director Nancy Boren.
“The roundtable provided an excellent opportunity for me to learn more about the new devices we will be implementing and the steps I can take to better secure elections in my county,” Boren, Muscogee said.
Attendees at the meeting, in addition to Kirk, Badanes and Boren, included, Jennifer Morrell, Democracy Fund; Lindsey Forson, National Association of Secretaries of State; Whitney Quesenbery, Center for Civic Design; Dennis Mott, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency; Klint Walker, Department of Homeland Security; Ben Spear, Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center; Alex Schwarzmann, Augusta University; and Ryan Macias, Lafayette Group.