“It gives voters who are afraid the tools to still be able to participate in our democracy while remaining safe,” board member Sara Tindall Ghazal said.
Georgians shouldn’t have to choose between their right to vote and their personal security, board member Matt Mashburn said.
“One of the responses we received was particularly heartbreaking because this person responded, ‘I use this UPS box, not for purposes of fraud, but because someone wants to kill me,’ ” Mashburn said.
Only about 100 people are currently enrolled in VoteSafe, which the General Assembly approved in 2009, according to the secretary of state’s office.
Under the VoteSafe program, voters’ residential addresses are kept confidential but mailing addresses remain public.
Votesafe is available to registered voters who have a protective order, a restraining order or are residents of a family violence center.
Georgians can enroll in VoteSafe by submitting an application and documents to their county’s elections office.