Legislative Update
Volume 10 , Issue 3       
January 31, 2019

REMINDER: To view the list of bills each week, click on the "This Week's Bills" button to the right.
Georgia’s Voting Equipment
Ballot Marking Devices or Hand-Marked Paper Ballots? 
The spirited debate over which version of new voting equipment to purchase in Georgia (ballot marking devices or hand-marked paper ballots) continues at the General Assembly. Ballot marking devices are similar to the voters’ current experience whereby one marks their votes on a tablet screen; however, it produces a paper receipt, which the voter checks for accuracy and then runs through a scanning machine to cast their vote. Hand marked paper ballots are just that - the voter marks the ballot by hand, checks it, and then runs it through the scanner. Both produce a paper trail for auditing and verification.  

The Georgia SAFE Commission, ACCG’s Policy Council and the majority of Georgia’s election officials favor ballot marking devices. ACCG’s position is based on the anticipated costs to counties of hand-marked ballots, administrative feasibility, and the recommendations of county election officials – all of which are well summarized by Augusta-Richmond County Elections Director Lynn Bailey in her testimony to the Georgia SAFE Commission.   

The General Assembly is split and, in order to please advocates on both sides, some legislators are considering authorizing the state purchase of ballot marking devices for counties in which their legislative delegation is in favor of ballot marking devices. Those counties where the legislative delegation supports hand-marked paper ballots would not get ballot marking devices; rather, some machinery would be provided for the local production and scanning of hand marked paper ballots.   

Please contact your election officials, gauge their preference, and express your county’s preference to your local legislative delegation as soon as possible.   
Great News! Conference Housing Deadline Extended to Tuesday, February 5!
County officials needing accommodations for the upcoming ACCG Capitol Connection Conference now have additional time to secure housing in the ACCG room block at The Omni at CNN Center. The conference housing deadline has been extended to Tuesday, February 5. If you have yet to register for the conference, contact your county clerk to register today and to secure your accommodations in the ACCG room block by Tuesday, February 5.

Also, county officials are encouraged to invite their legislators to the ACCG/GMA Joint Legislative Breakfast that will take place on February 28 at the Georgia Railroad Freight Depot. Click here for more information.
Click on "This Week's Bills" to review the bills included in this week's Legislative Update.

Access the Legislative Tracking Database for a compilation of all bills ACCG is following. 
Facebook Live and Legislative Update Newsletter - Returning to Normal Schedule Next Week
We will return to the normal schedule for Facebook Live and the Legislative Update newsletter next week. Facebook Live will take place at 8:30 a.m. on Friday and the newsletter will be released Friday afternoon.
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ACCG Legislative Communications Tools
As ACCG prepares for another successful session as the official voice for Georgia’s 159 counties, we want to remind our county officials of the various communications tools that will help keep them informed and engaged. Click here to read all about them!
News You Can Use - Articles Related to ACCG Policy Issues
The following are pertinent articles regarding some of the major policy issues that ACCG is covering. The full article can be accessed by clicking on the title.

AJC - January 31

Roll Call – January 30, 2019
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ACCG is YOUR county association here to advance all Georgia county governments. Please feel free to let us know when you're visiting the State Capitol this session, and a member of the policy team will gladly assist you as needed. Don't forget to use your 2019 Legislative Toolkit when conversing with your state legislators!