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Title 21, Chapter 2, Section 301 (21-2-301)

(a) The Secretary of State is authorized to conduct a pilot project to test and evaluate the use of electronic recording voting systems during the 2001 municipal elections. The Secretary of State in his or her discretion may select a number of municipalities to participate in such pilot program.

(b) Electronic recording voting systems used in the pilot program shall meet the requirements contained in Part 5 of Article 9 of this chapter and shall have been certified by the Secretary of State as provided in Code Section 21-2-379.2. Such voting systems shall be required to have an independent audit trail for each vote cast.

(c) The Secretary of State shall furnish the electronic recording voting systems to the selected municipalities for use in the pilot project, provided that the municipalities provide polling places with adequate electrical outlets, telephone lines, and other facilities necessary to operate such electronic recording voting systems.

(d) The Secretary of State is authorized to use different types of electronic recording voting systems in the pilot project. However, the same type system must be used in all precincts within a municipality and there shall not be any other voting systems used in that municipality for voting at the polling places on election day unless there is an emergency declared by the Secretary of State due to the failure of the system or due to the inability for any reason of the electors to be able to cast their ballots on the system. In the event of such declared emergency situation, the Secretary of State may direct the use of any method of voting authorized by this chapter in the municipal election.

(e)(1) There is created the Twenty-first Century Voting Commission. The commission shall be composed of two members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, two members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor, two members appointed by the Governor, the chief information officer for the State of Georgia or his or her designee, eight members appointed by the Secretary of State of which six shall be county or municipal election officials, the director of the Elections Division of the office of the Secretary of State, one member designated by each political body that qualified candidates in the 2000 November general election, and the Secretary of State, who shall be the chairperson of the commission. In appointing members to such commission, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate, the Governor, and the Secretary of State shall ensure equal representation on the commission by each political party in their respective appointments; provided, however, that nothing contained herein shall prohibit the Secretary of State from appointing election officials to the commission who have no political party affiliation or who are nonpartisan. The commission shall coordinate and oversee the pilot project authorized by this Code section.

(2) The commission may work with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and the Department of Education in seeking avenues and incentives to encourage student participation as poll workers and in other areas of the election process. (3) The commission shall make a report to the Governor and the General Assembly by December 31, 2001, on the results of the pilot project and shall further advise the Secretary of State on the choice of voting equipment to be used state wide in all counties pursuant to Code Section 21-2-300.

(4) Any members of the General Assembly serving on the commission shall receive the allowances authorized for legislative members of interim legislative committees. The public members of the commission who are not public employees shall receive a daily expense allowance as provided in subsection (b) of Code Section 45-7-21. Any public employee serving on the commission shall receive no compensation but may be reimbursed for expenses.

(5) The commission shall continue its work through December 31, 2002, after which time it shall stand abolished unless reauthorized and continued by the General Assembly.

(6) The Commission shall have at least one meeting in North Georgia (outside of Atlanta), one meeting in Central Georgia and one meeting in South Georgia.

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