Joseph Kirk, Bartow County Elections
(ATLANTA) – Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger hosted a roundtable on election security alongside David Becker, founder and executive
director of the Center for Election Innovation and Research. Joined at the
Capitol by more than a dozen experts from organizations including
Microsoft, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Augusta
University, Becker led a wide-ranging discussion on the status of
Georgia’s election security. “Georgia is making great strides in ensuring
that elections in the state are more secure than ever before,” said David
Becker, founder and executive director of the Center for Election
and Research. “I was honored to co-host this roundtable discussion about election cybersecurity with experts from all over the country, including
computer science and election technology experts. Our discussions were another step towards protecting Georgia’s voters, along with Georgia’s move in 2020 to paper ballots, with effective audits to confirm the
technology counted those ballots properly.” “I was pleasantly surprised by how many of the potential issues raised today have already been neutralized by steps our team has previously taken,” said Jordan Fuchs,
Deputy Secretary of State. “Our office will continue working tirelessly to provide each voter with a seamless transition to the new BMD system.” The roundtable attendees also discussed Georgia’s efforts to further
secure its elections. “We appreciate Secretary Raffensperger including
us in today’s cybersecurity roundtable,” said Ginny Badanes, director of Microsoft’s Defending Democracy Program. “We were encouraged by
the expertise at the table and the efforts being made by the state to
create a secure voting experience for the people of Georgia.” Becker
and his panel of experts were joined at the roundtable by a number of
county elections officials, including Bartow County Elections Director
Joseph Kirk and Muscogee County Elections Director Nancy Boren.   
“The roundtable provided an excellent opportunity for me to learn more about the new devices we will be implementing and the steps I can tak
e to better secure elections in my county,” said Nancy Boren, Muscoge
e County elections director. Find photos from the event here:  List of attendees: Ginny Badanes, Microsoft Jennifer Morrell, Democracy Fund Lindsey Forson, National Association of Secretaries of State Whitney Quesenbery, Center for Civic Design Dennis Mott, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Klint Walker, Department of Homeland Security Ben Spear, Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center Alex Schwarzmann, Augusta University Nancy Boren, Muscogee County Elections
Joseph Kirk, Bartow County Elections Ryan Macias, Lafayette Group