Georgia launches voter registration effort via text message

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Georgia launches voter registration effort via text message

Georgia officials launched a new service Wednesday allowing residents to register to vote via text message.

To use it to register or to check your current voter status, text “GA” or “Georgia” to “2VOTE” (28683).

The pilot project is being done through a Georgia-based company called Global Mobile. It comes as Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp has also overhauled mobile apps that can also be used to register or confirm a voter’s registration status.

The new “GA SOS” app be downloaded free for both Apple and Android operating systems and replaces the former “GA Votes” mobile apps previously used by the state. Residents can additionally register through the state’s online voter registration system (https://registertovote.sos.ga.gov/GAOLVR/), which Kemp launched in 2014.

Anyone can confirm his or her voter status online through the secretary of state’s online “my voter page” website (www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do).

The deadline to register ahead of the November presidential election is Oct. 11.

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