Georgia’s voter registration process could add an online option under a proposed bill that includes the technology provision as one of several updates to the state’s current voting laws. HB 899, sponsored by Rep. Buzz Brockway, would allow the secretary of state’s office to develop an online system voter registration system for state residents. Applicants must have a Georgia driver’s license or identification card from the Department of Driver Services, and the information would be matched to the state’s Driver Services database. The bill was passed by the House on Monday and is on its way to the Senate for consideration.
Brockway, R-Lawrenceville, categorized the legislation as a cleanup elections bill, put together with input from the state’s Secretary of State’s office, as well as, from an elections advisory council put together last year by Secretary of State Brian Kemp, and including representatives and legal counsel from the two major political parties along with independent representatives.
The secretary of state’s office anticipates using federal funds to develop the system, said spokesman Matt Carrothers. “[The online system] will greatly simplify the voter registration process for applicants, be more accurate because it will greatly decrease data entry errors, and be more secure than the data entry process because the application can be sent directly to the secretary of state’s office,” he said.”
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