Bill would allow online voter registration

Georgia would join the ranks of states that allow online voter registration under legislation introduced in the Georgia House.

House Bill 942, by Rep. J. Craig Gordon, D-Savannah, would require the secretary of state to create a system that allows qualified Georgians to submit an online application for voter registration. The bill also would order the secretary of state to create a system that allows for an “electronic signature” that would serve as verification of the applicant’s identity.

As of August, 13 other states have similar systems for voter registration, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Georgia passed an electronic registration law in 2012, but it was never implemented. That law required the secretary of state and the Department of Driver Services to create a registration system. Gordon’s bill puts the responsibility solely on the secretary of state and makes changes to the process of verifying a voter’s identity.

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