With the 154th session of the Georgia General Assembly set to begin this week, bills that are being introduced before the Assembly are set to be considered. One of the more interesting bills that was filed in December is the brainchild of State Representative Sandra Scott [District 76], a hardworking legislator out of Rex, Georgia.
Representative Scott hopes to see automatic voter registration in Georgia a reality, with House Bill 20 being set to be brought to the floor for a vote, amending Article 6 of Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia this session. The language of the bill is as follows:
“[There] shall be a single application for purposes of obtaining, renewing, or changing the name or address on a driver’s license or identification card issued by the Department of Driver Services and voter registration where the signature of the applicant on such application shall perform all required attestations for both purposes not require the applicant to duplicate any information required in the driver’s license portion of the application with the exception of a second signature;”
Under the proposal, whenever someone receives a drivers license, or another form of state-issued identification, the Department of Motor Vehicles will send your information to the Secretary of State’s office to be processed for voter registration as well. It would also update voter registration anytime the address of record was changed.
You can follow the bill and other pre-filed legislation during the 2017 Legislative Session here.