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Voting Access Scorecard - Georgia

The Franchise Project’s Voting Access Scorecard ranks how accessible voting is in Georgia. The Voting Access Scorecard measures the accessibility of American elections by analyzing state election laws and practices. Each state’s performance is based on 30 measurable metrics shown to affect accessibility and foster participation. All metrics are weighted equally to fairly assess all states and their practices. If answered in the affirmative, each metric is worth 1 point, for a total of 30 points. Note that if a practice varies by county or municipality, e.g. the number of early voting locations in Wisconsin, the state only received 0.5 points for that metric. Note: Y=Yes, N=No, and V=Varies by Municipality/County.

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Overall score: 14 / 30

Y=Yes, N=No, V=Varies by County/Municipality

State registration deadline is the Friday before Election Day or later
OCGA § 21-2-224: http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-21/chapter-2/article-6/21-2-224
N
State offers Election Day registration
OCGA § 21-2-224: http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-21/chapter-2/article-6/21-2-224
N
State has automatic registration
In 2016, the Georgia Department of Driver Services enacted an "opt-out" rather than "opt-in" voter registration policy. The Telegraph: http://www.macon.com/news/local/article147934484.html
Y
State does NOT create barriers to voter registration by third parties (e.g. allows third party registration, does not require registration drive training or notification)
Georgia Secretary of State: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/Elections/register_to_vote
Y
State does NOT impose fines or criminal penalties for negligent/accidential voter registration mistakes
OCGA § 21-2-33.1: http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-21/chapter-2/article-2/part-1/subpart-1/21-2-33-1
Y
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting in multiple locations per municipality/county
Locations determined by the county. Georgia Secretary of State: http://sos.ga.gov/elections/CountyContacts/AdvanceVotingDisplay.aspx
V
State offers early voting/in-person absentee voting during evenings and/or weekends
Hours determined by the county. Georgia Secretary of State: http://sos.ga.gov/elections/CountyContacts/AdvanceVotingDisplay.aspx
V
State allows no-excuse early voting/in-person absentee voting
Georgia Secretary of State: http://sos.ga.gov/elections/CountyContacts/AdvanceVotingDisplay.aspx
Y
State holds all elections entirely by mail
Georgia Secretary of State: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
N
State does NOT require an excuse to vote by mail
OCGA § 21-2-380: http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-21/chapter-2/article-10/21-2-380/
Y
State deadline to return absentee ballot is NO earlier than Election Day (via any type of delivery)
Georgia Secretary of State: http://sos.ga.gov/admin/uploads/Voting_3_panel_for_website1.pdf
Y
State allows all voters to sign up to vote by absentee permanently
Georgia Secretary of State: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/Elections/absentee_voting_in_georgia
N
State allows voters to request vote by mail ballot online
State of Georgia: https://georgia.gov/popular-topic/voting-georgia
N
State allows voters to register online
Georgia Secretary of State: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
Y
State allows voters to check their Election Day polling location online
Georgia Secretary of State: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
Y
State allows voters to check their vote by mail status online
Georgia Secretary of State: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
Y
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote on Election Day
OCGA § 21-2-417: http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/elections/georgia_voter_identification_requirements2
N
State does NOT require a Photo ID to vote early or by mail
Photo ID is not required for no-excuse when voting by mail, although it is required for early in person voting. Georgia Secretary of State: http://sos.ga.gov/admin/uploads/Voting_3_panel_for_website1.pdf
N
If ID required, State allows voter to vote through alternative process that does not require voter action (Note: full points received if no ID required at all)
Provisional ballot not counted unless voter appears at county registrar and presents ID. Georgia Secretary of State: http://sos.ga.gov/admin/uploads/Voting_3_panel_for_website1.pdf
N
During voter maintenance process, if address has not changed, state allows voter to simply mail back confirmation form
OCGA 21-2-233, 21-2-234(f): http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-21/chapter-2/article-6/21-2-234/
Y
State is NOT a member of Interstate Crosscheck
Bryan Caskey, Kansas Secretary of State, Director of Elections (email communication, May 24, 2017)
N
State is Member of ERIC
ERIC, http://www.ericstates.org/whowear John Lindback, ERIC Executive Director (email communication, May 25, 2017)
N
State refused to comply with the Pence-Kobach voter registration data request
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: http://www.myajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/georgia-share-data-with-trump-commission-voter-fraud/g1cIww5anWQoeiDGbTwa9K/
N
State allows individuals to vote when their sentence is complete
OCGA § 21-2-216: http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-21/chapter-2/article-6/21-2-216
Y
State allows individuals to vote during their term of incarceration
OCGA § 21-2-216: http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-21/chapter-2/article-6/21-2-216
N
State allows individuals to vote after incarceration, while on probation or parole
OCGA § 21-2-216: http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-21/chapter-2/article-6/21-2-216
N
State voting technology requires a paper trail
Georgia has not established a requirement for permanent voter verifiable ballot or record. OCGA §§ 21-2-310 through 21-2-379.12: http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-21/chapter-2/article-9/
N
State requires poll worker training
Training is generally required to work at the polls, but it is not required for a special election that is held between the date of the general primary and general election. OCGA §21-2-99(a): http://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2010/title-21/chapter-2/article-2/part-4/21-2-99
Y
State law requires voting machines to meet federal standards, testing by a federally accredited laboratory, or federal certification
Secretary of State Rule 590-8-1-.01: http://rules.sos.state.ga.us/gac/590-8-1
Y
State provides readily accessible voting technology information
Georgia Secretary of State: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do
N

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