The proposed changes appear to be rooted in partisan interests, not in the interests of all Georgia voters. — Former President Jimmy Carter
The proposed changes appear to be rooted in partisan interests, not in the interests of all Georgia voters. — Former President Jimmy Carter
Former President Jimmy Carter says he is 'disheartened, saddened, and angry' to see Georgia legislators advance voting restrictions
  • Former President Jimmy Carter said he is "disheartened" at proposed voting restrictions in Georgia.
  • Lawmakers have recently advanced bills to restrict absentee voting, among other changes.
  • Carter also called out mischaracterizations of a bipartisan report on elections he co-authored.
"Many of the proposed changes are reactions to allegations of fraud for which no evidence was produced—allegations that were, in fact, refuted through various audits, recounts, and other measures," Carter said in his statement. "The proposed changes appear to be rooted in partisan interests, not in the interests of all Georgia voters."

... In his post-presidency, Carter has served as an international observer for over 100 elections abroad in dozens of countries, and in 2004, co-chaired a bipartisan Commission on Federal Election Reform with former Secretary of State James Baker.

In his statement, Carter said he is "disappointed that advocates for these restrictive changes have repeatedly and selectively referenced" the 2005 report, which among other things, concluded that "absentee ballots remain the largest source of potential voter fraud."

Now, Carter says, times have changed.

"In the 16 years since the report's release, vote-by-mail practices have progressed significantly as new technologies have been developed," he said. "In light of these advances, I believe that voting by mail can be conducted in a manner that ensures election integrity."

Election officials use a number of measures to ensure the integrity and authenticity of mail and absentee ballots, including affixing specific identifying information unique to the voter on ballots and envelopes, implementing online ballot tracking systems, conducting signature verification on ballot envelopes, and in some states, requiring witness signatures and copies of voters' IDs with their ballots.

Since 2005, the increased adoption of electronic poll-books and standardized statewide voting databases has allowed officials to keep more up-to-date real-time records to prevent cases of double-voting and other potential fraud.
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