Georgia election officials have agreed to change voter registration forms in response to a complaint that they misrepresented ID requirements for first-time voters. The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia sought the change because the registration form says new voters must provide documentation of their name and address with their mailed applications. But federal election law only requires identification from first-time voters at some point before they cast a ballot, not at the time they register to vote.
“Election officials must protect — rather than undermine — our sacred, fundamental right to vote,” said Sean Young, the legal director for the ACLU of Georgia. “When election officials include false and misleading information on official voter registration forms, they undermine our democracy.”
A spokeswoman for Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said Friday that the language on the form has been in place since 2004 and hasn’t prevented any voter from registering.