State Moves to Protect Election Integrity – Intercessors for America

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Georgia, a state rife with controversy following the 2020 presidential election, saw three election integrity bills become law earlier this week. Praise God!

From The Gateway Pundit. Governor Brian Kemp made a significant move on Tuesday by signing three pivotal pieces of legislation that aim to reshape Georgia’s election procedures in preparation for the 2024 presidential elections. …

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House Bill 974, amends election procedures in Georgia primarily concerning the security and auditing of ballots. Here are the key provisions of the bill:

  1. Ballot Security: It mandates that ballots used in optical scan voting systems and ballot marking devices be printed on paper with a visible watermark security feature. …
  2. Scanning and Posting of Ballots: The bill requires that all absentee ballots be scanned to create a digital image with a resolution of at least 600 dots per inch. …
  3. Risk-Limiting Audits: It expands the types of contests subject to risk-limiting audits, which use statistical methods to ensure the accuracy of election outcomes. …
  4. Pilot Program for Auditing Using Optical Character Recognition: A pilot program is to be created to audit paper ballots using optical character recognition technology. …
  5. Public Transparency: The bill also includes provisions to enhance transparency, requiring that audit processes be conducted in public view and that details of the audits be made available to the public promptly.

House Bill 1207 introduces several changes to election procedures and integrity. Here’s a summary of the key provisions:

  1. U.S. Citizenship Requirement: The bill stipulates that anyone employed or retained by a county election superintendent to perform election-related duties must be a U.S. citizen.
  2. Reopening Candidate Qualifying: If no candidates qualify during the initial period for nonpartisan or partisan elections, the qualifying period will be reopened to allow more candidates to register.
  3. Ballot Proofing and Accuracy: It introduces requirements for ballot proofing to ensure the accuracy of ballots. …
  4. Poll Watchers’ Access and Regulations: The bill defines and regulates the roles and behaviors of poll watchers, ensuring they have access to observe the election process without interfering. …

Senate Bill 189 primarily focuses on amending election and voting procedures. Key provisions include:

  1. Removal of the Secretary of State from the State Election Board: The Secretary of State will become a non-voting ex officio member of the board.
  2. Conflict of Interest Rules: The bill introduces stricter conflict of interest rules for state and local election officers. …
  3. Ballot Access: It includes provisions to facilitate ballot access for certain political parties or political bodies, particularly in nominating presidential electors.
  4. Residency and Voter Challenges: The bill revises rules concerning residency determination for voting purposes and the procedures for challenging a voter’s eligibility.
  5. Tabulation of Ballots: It mandates that physical paper ballots, rather than any electronic or machine-generated codes, be used for vote tabulation and recounts. …

Read Senate Bill 189 here.

Read House Bill 974 here.

Read House Bill 1207 here.

What do you think of these new laws? Share your prayers for election integrity below!

(Excerpt from The Gateway Pundit. Photo Credit: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

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