MoFo Seeks Protection for Georgia Voters from Vulnerable Voting Machines

05/01/2018

John P. Carlin and David D. Cross

Litigation, Privacy + Data Security, and National Security, CFIUS, Sanctions + Export Controls

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A Morrison & Foerster pro bono team is representing a group of Georgia voters in a federal lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and others over the unsafe practice of using all-electronic voting machines without independent paper backup. Georgia is one of just five states that relies on the antiquated system, leaving it especially vulnerable to election interference through cyberattack, which has been verified by independent experts. In addition, both the FBI and Department of Homeland Security have specifically warned Georgia about problems with its system, concerns which have been spurned by the state and Kemp in particular..

Alternate secure voting methods are readily available, including the universally recognized process of using an auditable paper record that allows votes to be cross-checked against electronic results. Similarly, there is bipartisan Congressional recognition as the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence recently recommended that any electronic machines should have a verified paper trail moving forward.

The case, Curling v. Kemp, had a hearing on May 1 to establish a schedule in hopes of obtaining preliminary relief before November’s general election and to address other important issues, including ensuring preservation by the defendants of critical evidence in the case.

The MoFo pro bono team is being led by John P. Carlin and David D. Cross.

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