ATLANTA, GA, JULY 10, 2023 – Georgia’s largest and longest running election integrity
watchdog group, Voters Organized for Trusted Elections Results, (VoterGA), announced its
support today for the American Confidence in Elections Act. The act, proposed by the
Committee on House Administration of the United States (U.S.) Congress, offers non-partisan
election integrity and transparency provisions not currently found in Georgia and other states.
The Committee on House Administration (CHA), chaired by Rep. Bryan Steil (WI-01), has
been soliciting input for what is known as the “ACE Act”, during the last few months. CHA
oversees federal elections, capitol security and other U.S. House administrative activities.
VoterGA co-founder Garland Favorito explained how the act can help Georgians: “We are
grateful to Chairman Steil and the CHA for adopting non-partisan transparency provisions
we recommended for Georgia and American voters. New provisions of the ‘ACE Act’ will
make public all materials essential to conducting post-election audits throughout the 22-
month federal record retention period. These include ballots, ballot images, cast vote records,
chain of custody documents, logic and accuracy test results and equipment certifications.
Both Democrats and Republicans have favored these transparency provisions for years.
Publicly available ballots are needed to verify questionable election results and detect
counterfeits previously seen in Georgia. Once the ‘ACE Act’ becomes law, Americans will no
longer be forced to suffer through secretly counted, unverifiable elections that divide the
country because no one really knows who won. That will help restore American confidence.”
CHA first received notoriety for election integrity work in 2006 when Princeton Professor Ed
Felten demonstrated to the committee how a paperless Diebold voting system of the type used
in Georgia could be hacked without detection to change an election outcome. His Princeton
University demonstration team, including graduate students Alex Halderman and Ari
Feldman, conducted a mock election at the hearing. Professor Felten entered three votes for
George Washington and then printed election results showing that Benedict Arnold had
electronically won the election 2–1 despite Arnold receiving no physical votes.
Today, CHA will hold a live streamed press conference announcing the “ACE Act” at 11:30
am (Marietta Diner, 306 Cobb Pkwy., Marietta) and a full committee field hearing on elections confidence
at 2:30 pm (Turner Field Champions Club, 755 Hank Aaron Dr. SE, Green Lot)
VoterGA is a non-partisan, 501©3 registered non-profit organization created by a coalition of citizens working to restore election
integrity in Georgia. We advocate for independently verifiable, auditable, recount capable, transparent and tamper proof elections