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Georgia Code Title 21. Elections § 21-2-310

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As used in this article, the term:

(1) “Candidate counters” or “question counters” means the counters which numerically register the votes cast for candidates and on questions, respectively.

(2) “Diagram” means an illustration of the official ballot showing the names of the parties, bodies, offices, and candidates and statements of the questions, in their proper places, together with the voting devices therefor.

(3) “Protective counter” means a counter or protective device or devices that will register each time the machine is operated and shall be constructed and so connected that it cannot be reset, altered, or operated except by operating the machine.

(4) “Public counter” means a counter or other device which shall, at all times, publicly indicate how many times the machine has been voted on during an election.

(5) “Registering counter” shall not include a protective counter.

(6) “Vote indicator” means those devices with which votes are indicated for candidates or for or against questions.

(a)Establishment and composition

There is hereby established a   1 Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board within the Department of Commerce.  The Secretary of Commerce shall appoint the chairman of the Board.  The Board shall be composed of twelve additional members appointed by the Secretary of Commerce as follows:

(1) four members from outside the Federal Government who are eminent in the information technology industry, at least one of whom is representative of small or medium sized companies in such industries;

(2) four members from outside the Federal Government who are eminent in the fields of information technology, or related disciplines, but who are not employed by or representative of a producer of information technology;  and

(3) four members from the Federal Government who have information system management experience, including experience in information security and privacy, at least one of whom shall be from the National Security Agency.


The duties of the Board shall be--

(1) to identify emerging managerial, technical, administrative, and physical safeguard issues relative to information security and privacy;

(2) to advise the Institute, the Secretary of Homeland Security,,  2 the Secretary of Commerce, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget on information security and privacy issues pertaining to Federal Government information systems, including through review of proposed standards and guidelines developed under section 278g-3 of this title;  and

(3) to report annually its findings to the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Director of the National Security Agency, and the appropriate committees of the Congress.

(c)Term of office

The term of office of each member of the Board shall be four years, except that--

(1) of the initial members, three shall be appointed for terms of one year, three shall be appointed for terms of two years, three shall be appointed for terms of three years, and three shall be appointed for terms of four years;  and

(2) any member appointed to fill a vacancy in the Board shall serve for the remainder of the term for which his predecessor was appointed.


The Board shall not act in the absence of a quorum, which shall consist of seven members.

(e)Allowance for travel expenses

Members of the Board, other than full-time employees of the Federal Government, while attending meetings of such committees or while otherwise performing duties at the request of the Board Chairman while away from their homes or a regular place of business, may be allowed travel expenses in accordance with subchapter I of chapter 57 of Title 5 [5 U.S.C.A. § 5701 et seq.].


The Board shall hold meetings at such locations and at such time and place as determined by a majority of the Board.

(g)Staff services and utilization of Federal personnel

To provide the staff services necessary to assist the Board in carrying out its functions, the Board may utilize personnel from the Institute or any other agency of the Federal Government with the consent of the head of the agency.


As used in this section, the terms “information system” and “information technology” have the meanings given in section 278g-3 of this title.

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