2018 Georgia Secretary of State Candidate Guide

John Barrow (D) vs Brad Raffensperger (R)

Secretary of State | Election | Dec 12, 2018

The Candidates

John Barrow

John Barrow

Democrat

Brad Raffensperger

Brad Raffensperger

Republican

The Issues

Cancellation of registration for not voting?

Support current Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s cancellation of 668,000 voter registrations in 2017, after they didn’t vote for three years and didn’t respond to a mailed post card? (Shifted to “inactive” status, they can still vote for four years and then will be removed from the rolls if they haven’t).

Exact match requirement

Support or oppose requiring registrations to exactly match info in state databases, so 51,000 forced to vote provisionally for discrepancies like missing hyphens or accent marks or women not matching their maiden names.

Voter fraud/Voter suppression

Is Voter fraud or voter suppression the prime problem?

Voter ID

Supports voter ID as an answer to potential voter fraud?

John Barrow (D)

Mixed. Supports “common sense measures” for voters to identify themselves. But has opposed ID laws that disenfranchise people.

Brad Raffensperger (R)

Yes. Supports voter ID as a key platform position: “Will continue to protect Voter ID laws that require proper identification to vote.”

Voting Machines-Security

Sees Russian hacking and data security as threats to voting in Georgia.

Voter Service

Increase role of local elections offices?

Brad Raffensperger (R)

Yes. Supports “bottoms-up style of governance” in local supervision of elections.

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