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Paulding election director watches launch of online voter registration, mobile apps
by Staff Reports
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Special Photo<br>From left are State Election Director Linda Ford and Paulding County Supervisor of Elections Deidre Holden at the Augusta conference.
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From left are State Election Director Linda Ford and Paulding County Supervisor of Elections Deidre Holden at the Augusta conference.
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Deidre Holden, supervisor of elections for Paulding County, attended the annual conference for election officials in Augusta March 30 through April 2 when the Georgia Secretary of State's office premiered online voter registration and a mobile app for voters.

Holden said, ”It was a very moving moment to see the very first individual to register to vote online, in person there at the conference.”

Westside High School valedictorian Eniolufe Asebiomo signed up in Augusta before an audience of hundreds of elections officials from across the state.

Holden said, “It is amazing to see how far the electoral process has come. Advances in technology has made registering to vote and voting so convenient…everyone that is old enough has no excuse not to register and not to vote.”

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp launched two new technology advances at the conference that will serve Georgia voters. They included online voter registration, as well as a mobile application that enables voter registration and will have all the capabilities of “My Voter Page."

The online “My Voter Page” was launched in March of 2010. It gave Georgia voters the opportunity to 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. All of this information is currently available on the Android and Apple platforms by searching for “GA Votes” in the app store.

Kemp launched the new systems March 31 at a combined Georgia Election Officials Association and Voter Registrars Association of Georgia annual meeting in Augusta with election leaders from across the state. It is believed that Georgia is the first state in the nation to offer both online registration as well as an innovative mobile application that also enables voter registration like “My Voter Page”.

Kemp said, “In 2012, I worked with legislative leaders to craft a law that would allow for online voter registration. We did this because Georgians deserve to be able to register to vote or change their information with as much ease as possible. This not only will provide benefits to the voter, but also for all 159 Georgia counties."

Georgia residents will have to own a valid Georgia driver’s license to use the online voter registration system. Counties will be able to process new registrations in the same way the Department of Driver Services sends electronic registration information. Less paper will create efficiencies that will save time and money.

“I want to personally thank the Department of Driver Services for their assistance in this operation,” said Kemp. “They have been a great partner.”

Kemp has been secretary of state since January 2010. Among the office's wide-ranging responsibilities, the secretary of state is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders.



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