Ed’s commitment to election integrity is not a passing interest brought on by the 2020 election.
In September 2017, as Chairman of the House Committee on Science & Technology, Ed took a statewide leadership role in holding legislative hearings on securing Georgia’s election system. Through a rigorous 10-week committee process, Ed led a bipartisan effort to analyze new voting systems that leveraged cutting edge technology while giving Georgians the confidence of a physical paper ballot.
“It is essential that we provide each voter with a ballot that is secure and verifiable.” – State Rep. Ed Setzler
In 2018, Ed sponsored a bipartisan bill that laid the groundwork for requiring a paper-verifiable statewide election system.
After the uncertainty of the 2020 election, Ed called for a statewide audit in December 2020 and conducted town hall meetings with both citizens and experienced election workers to identify gaps that needed to be fixed within our election system. With a deep level of personal engagement, Ed made 27 recommendations to the House Select Committee on Election Reform, the majority of which ended up in SB-202, a 2021 legislative victory that was rated by the Heritage Foundation as giving Georgia the strongest election integrity law in the nation.