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Georgia Official Says County’s Voting Equipment Will Be Replaced

It was part of an effort by Trump allies in a number of swing states to gain access to and copy sensitive election software, with the help of friendly election administrators.

In the latest batch of security videos, made public this week, members of the team can be seen inside an office handling the county’s poll pads, which contain sensitive voter data.

David Cross, a lawyer representing some of the plaintiffs in the civil litigation, has said the information that was copied includes the software used by all 159 of Georgia’s counties. According to Mr. Cross, software and other data were uploaded to the internet by SullivanStrickler after being copied, creating the potential for manipulation of the system anywhere in the state. No proof of such manipulation has emerged.

Mr. Raffensperger, who is named as a defendant in the lawsuit, said in his statement on Friday that Coffee County’s election management server and a central scanner workstation had already been replaced. The new replacement equipment, he said, will include ballot marking devices, printers, precinct scanners, poll pads, flash cards and thumb drives.

Marilyn Marks, executive director of the Coalition for Good Governance, one of the plaintiffs in the suit, said in a statement that Mr. Raffensperger’s move was “many days late and many dollars short.”

“Starting with fresh touch screens and scanners only to expose them to a presumably contaminated server makes little sense to anyone remotely concerned about election security,” she said.

SullivanStrickler, the data company, has denied any wrongdoing. In a statement on Tuesday morning, the company said it had received a subpoena from a special grand jury in Fulton County convened by Fani T. Willis, the Fulton County district attorney, who is heading a broad criminal investigation into efforts by Mr. Trump and his allies to overturn Mr. Trump’s narrow election loss in the state.

Source: NY Times

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