ATLANTA - Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced today that he will appoint a nonpartisan panel to recommend election reforms.
He made a brief announcement at the beginning of the monthly meeting of the State Elections Board, which he chairs. He told the five-man board and the local elections officials in the audience that the panel will hold hearings around the state to get their input.
"My thought is we need to look at this as reform but also how can we reduce costs in elections to our counties and to the state," he said.
Kemp said he would appoint the panel in coming weeks and that it would meet throughout the year. It will make its recommendations for legislation during the 2012 session.
He said he felt the state elections were currently run well but that greater efficiency was possible as long as procedures remain secure, accessible and fair.
"This is going to be an opportunity for all Georgians, for all our local elected folks, and anyone else that's involved and concerned about Georgia elections," he said.