The Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Foundation filed the suit in conjunction with two Georgia voters, Donna Curling and Donna Price. Both Price and Curling are members of the foundation, which focuses on fair elections and government transparency, as well as a group called Georgians for Verified Voting.
Curling, a Fulton resident, lives in the 6th District, according to the suit. Price does not, and lives in DeKalb.
Georgia uses direct-recording electronic voting machines, or DREs, known by voters for their touch screens. The state committed to the machines in 2002 when it last overhauled its elections system. At the same time, it also eliminated a paper trail of recorded votes.
Georgia experienced no major problems during last year’s presidential election, and the current system has different layers of security and controls built into it to limit and detect unauthorized access.
The suit, however, notes that most recently Fulton experienced a technical problem April 18 that delayed reporting of election results because of what officials called a “rare error” involving a voting memory card that didn’t properly upload its tallies.
The suit, however, said the error should have been detected sooner than it was. It also cited other concerns, such as a recent investigation by the FBI into a potential hacking case at the Kennesaw State University's Center for Election Systems — which works with the state to run its voting efforts.
The agency, after a month-long investigation said a “security researcher” was responsible and that his probing of the system broke no federal law. Advocates said the incident raised concerns of security vulnerabilities at the center that needed deeper scrutiny.
Any commitment by Georgia to overhaul its election systems would require tens of millions of dollars and would have to be implemented statewide.