Jeremiah Culver, left, and Quinnayah Durden, right, both seniors at Columbia High School, wait to have their voting paperwork processed in Atlanta, on Monday, October 31, 2016. (DAVID BARNES / DAVID.BARNES@AJC.COM)
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Photo: David Barnes/DAVID BARNES / AJC

Outage stops Georgia voter registrations at driver’s license offices

A computer outage at driver’s license offices across Georgia on Friday prevented first-time applicants for licenses or ID cards from registering to vote at the same time.

The problem, which affected operations at driver’s license offices statewide, was resolved by the end of the day Friday.

The outage came days before Georgia’s voter registration deadline on Tuesday.

Anyone who already has a Georgia driver’s license number or a state-issued ID number can still use the state’s online voter registration website at registertovote.sos.ga.gov.

Those who lack state driver’s license numbers or ID numbers can submit voter registration applications by mail. Applications can be printed from the Georgia Secretary of State’s website, or they can be picked up at post offices, libraries and county election offices. 

The outage also affected potential voters who need to renew driver’s licenses or ID cards issued before July 2012, when Georgia implemented Real ID security requirements.

“If you already have a driver’s license number or state-issued ID number, you can still use the online voter registration system to register or update your information,” said Candice Broce, spokeswoman for the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. “If you do not, you can register or update your record by using a hard-copy form.”

Election officials will accept voter registration applications postmarked by Tuesday.

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