(Part-2) Nominees for the fifth seat on Georgia's election board announced by state Senate

In an effort to appease disgruntled Republicans, lawmakers rewrote the election laws in 2021, and Burns believes they meant for machines to utilize special security paper and for ballots to not use QR codes.

In order for the people of this state to have faith and believe that their votes are being cast in an open and honest manner, Burns stated that reforms are necessary.

To purchase equipment that would enable voters to verify the computer codes written on their ballots, Raffensperger has requested a budget of $4.7 million. According to his office's prior estimates, eliminating the QR code would need spending $15 million on additional ballot printers distributed around the state in order to manufacture a bigger ballot.

Furthermore, the speaker expressed his desire for greater autonomy for the State Election Board, separate from Raffensperger's office. The secretary's voting power on the board was stripped away by lawmakers in 2021. Legislators are debating whether to transfer election investigators from the state secretary to the State Election Board, according to Burns, who also claimed that the board was preparing to recruit its first employee.

Concerned about issues with the 2020 election's manual recount in Fulton County, Burns denied that his idea was related to a suggestion to probe Raffensperger. When Mashburn and the board's lone Democrat, Sara Tindall Ghazal, cast opposing votes last month, the result was a 2-2 stalemate.

John Fervier, a former executive of Waffle House, was appointed chair of the board last week by Gov. Brian Kemp. Burns approved Fervier's nomination on Wednesday, but Congress must confirm him. It is not apparent how Fervier and Jeffares would cast their votes on the board.

From 2011 until his resignation in 2017 to seek the office of lieutenant governor, Jeffares was a member of the state Senate. He had previously served as a commissioner for Henry County, worked as the city manager of Locust Grove, and operated the water system.

Including Macon's Senate President Pro Tem John Kennedy, eight other sitting Republican state senators, including Jones, supported Jeffares' unsuccessful run for lieutenant governor. Afterwards, in 2022, Jeffares contributed $7,600 to Jones' bid for lieutenant governor.

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