Record Voter Turnout Expected Due to Georgia's Online Voter Registration System

In 2014, only 12,018 Georgians used the online registration option, but this year, 74,425 state residents took advantage of the system to register to vote or update their information.

by Chattanooga Times/Free Press / October 13, 2016
Georgia Secretary of State, Brian Kemp Office of Brian Kemp
Georgia Secretary of State, Brian KempOffice of Brian Kemp

(TNS) — Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp announced Wednesday that 74,425 Georgians took advantage of the state's Online Voter Registration System to register to vote or update voter information to take part in the General Election on Nov. 8.

On the final day of the registration period in 2014, only 12,018 Georgians used the online system.

"It has never been easier to get registered to vote in Georgia, where individuals can register to vote or update their information online, via text, or by using the office's free mobile app," Kemp said.

Eligible Georgia citizens were able to submit an electronic voter registration application using their Georgia driver's license number or state-issued identification card number on several platforms: Online Voter Registration (OLVR), the free "GA SOS" mobile app for Apple and Android devices, and the "2VOTE" text messaging pilot project. Individuals were also able to mail in hard-copy voter registration applications to their county registrar to get registered to vote in Georgia.

All applications had to be submitted or postmarked on or before Tuesday to be processed for this November's election.

"As Georgia's chief elections official, I want to ensure every Georgian has the opportunity to register to vote and allow their voice to be heard at the polls," said Kemp.

To prepare for this November, Secretary Kemp encouraged Georgians to visit the office's "My Voter Page" to check voter status, view individualized voting information, and make a plan before heading to the polls.

Advance in-person voting begins Monday. Georgia law also requires the polls to be open on Saturday, Oct. 29, in all 159 counties for Georgians to vote in the November contests.

Currently, there are over 6.5 million registered voters in the Peach State.

For more information go to www.sos.ga.gov.

©2016 the Chattanooga Times/Free Press (Chattanooga, Tenn.), Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

 

 

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