Kemp backs legislation for online voter registration

Secretary of State Brian Kemp issued a press release this morning lending his endorsement to legislation (SB 406) that would give Georgians the ability to register to vote securely online:

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp today announced his support of legislation that will implement a secure online voter registration system for Georgia citizens. The system would allow any eligible voter registration applicant with a Georgia driver’s license or state identification card to register to vote through a secure network on the Secretary of State’s website.

“This common sense, secure online voter registration initiative will utilize technology to increase citizen access to elections, save Georgia taxpayer dollars, and prevent voter registration fraud,” Secretary Kemp said.

The secure online voter registration legislation (SB 406) was introduced in the Georgia Senate by Sen. Cecil Staton (R-Macon). The secure online voter registration system will verify the information provided by the applicant with information on record at the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS). The State’s voter registration system already receives information electronically from DDS when individuals register to vote at DDS customer service centers. Additionally, secure online voter registration will increase accuracy by removing the possibility of data entry errors.

“I want to thank Secretary Kemp for his support of secure online voter registration, and for his assistance in crafting this legislation,” said Sen. Staton. “Online voter registration is a safe, secure solution to ensuring that more Georgians have the opportunity to participate in our elections.”

Secure online voter registration has proven to be popular and cost effective in the states that already utilize it. Currently, nine other states have or will be implementing comparable secure online voter registration systems. At least seven other states have similar legislation pending.

SB 406 is currently awaiting assignment to committee.

17 comments

  1. Sounds like pretty common sense legislation to me. Now if only we could put in place a system to actually vote online. I would think that would increase participation as well as cut costs substantially.

  2. drjay says:

    i have pretty mixed feelings on this one. i am vary wary of keeping the integrity of the ballot using this format for registering and to take it further possibly voting one day…having said that, i lost an election by one vote and a neighbor of mine who thought he had “motor votered” when he got his new license had his registration lost in the abyss of gov’t largesse and was unable to vote that day…

  3. Doug Deal says:

    This is a horrible idea. “Online” and anything related to voting should never meet in the same sentence.

    The beauty of online registration is that you won’t even have to be conscious or even living to register.

    • What if you integrate the death certificates into the system though so that driver’s licenses / id cards / voter registrations, etc. are automatically disabled once a death certificate is issued?

      • polisavvy says:

        That would work provided all death certificates were properly recorded and reported. I wish it would work, to be quite frank, provided there would be no likelihood of fraud. It’s really a pain to go to the area where I have to vote, in a not so great part of town, wait forever because the voters know the poll workers way too well and make with the chitchat, and not much parking. I’d love to be able to vote at home. I would hate to see anything compromise the voting process in the future, like it has apparently been compromised in the pass. My only concerned is security of the system.

      • polisavvy says:

        As an aside, my only concern is that even Social Security continues to mail checks to dead people and, for some reason, I thought all death certificates were to be recorded. My mom’s was and her checks stopped without me having to do a thing; however, you hear, from time to time, where checks don’t stop. It’s a great idea, just concerned about the security of the implementation.

      • Doug Deal says:

        What if someone dies in a foreign country like Alabama or Arkansas?

        It seems to me that this whole idea runs counter to the idea of proper identification and other programs to secure the vote introduced by the previous office holder.

        Does Mr. Kemp want to role that back as well?

        • polisavvy says:

          ROFLMAO!! Unless all birth certificates are going to be maintained on a national data base, I’m not sure how this would work exactly. Aren’t birth and death certificates maintained in the states’ archives? So, your foreign country (:)) question seems to raise a very good point.

          • Mozart says:

            National ID would take care of this. I’m sure Brian Kemp is just like his other Big-Government Neo-Con pals in the legislature and wants to have everyone carry papers everywhere they go. No papers? Lock him up!

          • Romegaguy says:

            Or you could have legitimate papers and nutjobs still question whether you were really born in the USA or not

          • polisavvy says:

            Romegaguy, you know regardless of what you have recorded there will always be nutjobs. I guess we better get used to them, huh?

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