by Linton Johnson
The 2018 General Election is still 51 weeks away, but it is not too early for a statewide candidate to spend some time drumming up support in the Granite Capital.
Buzz Brockway brought his campaign for Georgia Secretary of State to Elberton on Tuesday. Brockway, a Republican state representative from Lawrenceville, is one of seven announced candidates seeking to succeed current Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who will be running for Governor in 2018.
Brockway was joined Tuesday by state Rep. Tom McCall of Elberton, who has endorsed and is supporting his fellow House member in the secretary of state’s race.
Brockway said the next secretary of state must lead the effort to purchase new voting machines in Georgia to replace the current machines, which he said are old and outdated and have no verifiable backup system.
“People have lost trust in the results of our election system,” he said. “I think we can use this process of buying new machines to restore trust in the system, have an open and transparent process that gives people confidence that when their vote is cast that it is counted accurately and their voice is heard.”
Brockway also wants to reduce the current two-month gap between elections and runoffs in Georgia by allowing overseas military voters to use an instant runoff system, also known as ranked voting, now utilized in other states.
Georgia’s secretary of state also oversees professional licensing boards, and Brockway supports a review of the requirements now in place to ensure they are not hindering business activity.
“For example, the amount of training that a cosmetologist has to go through is about 10 times the amount of training that an EMT has to go through,” he said. “That doesn’t really make a lot of sense.”