The 21st Century Voting Commission, a multipartisan advisory panel
created to assist the Secretary of State in evaluating election equipment as
Georgia moves towards a new, uniform statewide election system, was created as
part of SB
213, Secretary Cox's 2001 election reform legislation.
The bill, signed into law by Governor Roy Barnes in April, provides that two appointments each are made by the Governor, the Speaker of the House and the Lieutenant Governor. Secretary of State Cox is authorized to appoint six local election officials and two additional individuals who serve in any capacity. The only entity currently operating as a "political body," the Georgia Libertarian Party, is also allowed one appointment. The statute also provides that the Secretary of State, the Director of the State Elections Division and the Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority round out the membership of the 18-member panel.
The Commission serves in an advisory role to help evaluate equipment
options, establish standards for new uniform equipment to be deployed statewide
by 2002 and lay out a roadmap for implementation of the overall election reform
Report and Recommendations of the 21st Century Voting Commission (available in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format)
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