From Our Representative Jonathan Wallace:
Last week, I was disappointed to see a federal court reject a request that Georgia switch to paper ballots for this November’s election. Given the known weaknesses of Georgia’s voting technology, I believe paper ballots would give us the most confidence that every vote will be counted.
There are still steps we can all take, however, to protect our votes this year and going forward.
1. This year, consider voting by mail. You may not be able to cast a paper ballot on Election Day, but you can still cast one by voting absentee. Just mail an absentee ballot request form to your County Board of Elections, and they will send you your ballot. Then complete it, and mail it back.
You can download a ballot request form here.
In Athens, mail your request form to:
Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections
P.O. Box 1828
Athens, Georgia 30603
In Oconee, mail your request form to:
Oconee County Board of Elections & Registration
P.O. Box 958
Watkinsville, Georgia, 30677
For more guidance on voting absentee in Georgia, check out this great twitter thread by the election integrity activist Marilyn Marks.
2. Support candidates who will fight for fair elections. Our current state government may have failed to safeguard our elections, but we can change that by electing officials who will protect the right to vote.
This year I sponsored a bill that would allow Georgians to pre-register to vote when they are 16, so their registration becomes automatic when they turn 18. Let’s make it easier to vote, not harder. I support an independent redistricting commission that will put an end to partisan gerrymandering. And as I recently had a chance to explain in this interview with Civicist, I’m ready to use my tech background to ensure Georgia’s voting technology is reliable and secure.
Let’s continue this important work together. I’m grateful for any support you can offer today.