Registering to vote in Georgia? Now, there's an app for that.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp says the free GA Votes app allows anyone with a driver's license or ID issued by the Department of Driver Services to register to vote.
"That's what makes the process secure," Kemp tells WSB. "If you've gotten your driver's license, you've been through the citizenship checks; we can verify the age to make sure you meet the age requirement and you are old enough to be able to register to vote. We've got a physical address for you, and we also have your electronic signature."
The SOS's website, with the "My Voter Page," already lets users view their specific sample ballot, find their early voting and election day polling locations, check voter registration status, and track the status of their absentee ballot. The app provides all of these services. Georgians can now also register to vote online on the MVP site.
Kemp expects the app to help save money and time, cutting out massive amounts of paper and postage, and he says data entry mistakes will be reduced. He also says it will prevent a lot of hassle or mistakes made by outside groups registering voters, who may not get the process completed exactly the way Georgia does.
"It gets confusing. Or if people leave a box of voter registration forms in their car, a citizen may think they've registered to vote, but the person that's doing that never sends it to the office, so it never gets processed. You don't have that problem when you're doing it online."
Kemp says people using absentee ballots, like the military, can not only request those but then track them until they're tallied.
The Android version is already out, and the Apple app rolls out later this week.