Report of the Election Confidence Task Force
The 2020 election revealed dramatic weaknesses in Georgia’s system for conducting elections, and as a result, public confidence in the integrity of that system has been shattered.
Public confidence cannot be restored by pretending that these weaknesses do not exist. A problem must first be recognized before it can be solved.A recent University of Georgia poll shows that a majority of Georgians strongly support additional election safeguards, including 74% who believe that voters must provide photo identification to request or cast absentee ballots.
Throughout the 2020 election cycle, the Georgia Republican Party has repeatedly expressed concern at the erosion of important safeguards which have exposed our elections to fraud. We have objected to the Secretary of State entering into a “compromise”legal settlement with the Democratic Party which weakened absentee ballot verification.
We have sued to overturn “emergency actions” taken by the Secretary of State which dramatically increased the volume of absentee ballots and overwhelmed a verification system already “compromised.”
The position of the Georgia Republican Party, as articulated by our Chairman David Shafer, is crystal clear: “An unlawfully cast ballot cancels out a lawfully cast ballot and ‘suppresses’ a lawful voter as thoroughly as if that voter was physically turned away from the polls. We want every lawful vote counted and every unlawful vote rejected. We want the counting of votes to be done in the open and in accordance with law.”
The State Executive Committee of the Georgia Republican Party voted to create an Election Confidence Task Force to prepare a comprehensive package of proposals to restore confidence in our elections. The Chairman appointed Brad Carver to chair the Task Force. Other members of the Task Force included:Katie Frost, Brant Frost, Alex Kaufman, David Belle Isle, Brandon Phillips, Joel Natt, Alice O’Lenick, James Hall, Ginny Hall, Cathy Latham,Ron Hamm, Bethany Ballard, Michael Opitz, Betsy Kramer, Carmen Rice, Binford Minter, William Ligon, Michael Heekin, Suzi Voyles, Ray Smith, Courtney Kramerand John Garst.
This package of proposals was prepared by the Task Force and approved by the State Executive Committee. Our package covers a range of topics from voter list management, absentee by-mail voting, in-person voting, transparency in vote counting, participation by non-government entities, and other changes to ensure that ballots are cast and counted uniformly throughout Georgia’s 159 counties;leaving little room for doubt in our election process.