Columbus officials concerned about residents having the proper identification to vote in November are expanding access this month. They’re particularly worried about the impact of new driver’s license renewal requirements. So for the next three Saturdays, elections officials will set up at the Columbus Public Library to check voters’ registrations and issue voter ID cards for those who need them.
Voters across the state are casting ballots for local elections as well as for a transportation penny sales tax, Democratic and Republican ballot questions, the Public Service Commissioner race, and some Congressional districts.
Georgia officials have settled a lawsuit that accused the state of failing to provide voter registration services at public assistance offices. Secretary of State Brian Kemp approved the agreement but condemned the lawsuit.
A photo ID issued by a college would be enough to prove a resident was eligible to vote under a bill being debated by Georgia lawmakers. State Rep. Alisha Morgan (D-Austell) has proposed adding student identification cards to the list of acceptable ID cards so long as they include a photo.
The South Carolina presidential primary means it's time for many Georgia voters to get soundbyte introductions to the candidates. Media outlets in Savannah, Augusta and North Georgia frequently carry ads and news stories aimed at South Carolina voters.
The U.S. Justice Department this week approved a law giving Georgia’s secretary of state the power to set presidential primary dates. The approval puts the state in the middle of a national battle for power and influence. Georgia officials want the state to hold earlier primaries to gain more influence on presidential elections.
The state’s top elections official thinks Georgia should be among the first Republican presidential primaries in 2012. Secretary of State Brian Kemp said weighing in early will give Georgia more influence in the primaries to reflect the state’s growing influence in the country.