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New Online Absentee Ballot Request Portal Launches in Georgia

Georgia voters with a driver’s license or state ID card will now be able to request an absentee ballot entirely online.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is unveiling a new online portal to make it easier for Georgia voters to request absentee ballots for the November elections. Georgia voters with a driver’s license or state ID card will now be able to request an absentee ballot entirely online.

“Georgia is constantly searching for new and innovative ways to expand access to the ballot and uphold the integrity of the vote,” said Raffensperger. “We are encouraging Georgia voters who are particularly vulnerable to the COVID-19 threat to use our new online absentee ballot request portal to request absentee ballots safely and securely from their computers or phones. This new tool will help counties stay on top of the several million absentee ballot requests expected in November.”

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has developed a website that will allow Georgia voters to request an absentee ballot entirely online. Georgia voters will be able to request their ballot via the portal using their first and last name, date of birth, county where they are registered, and Georgia State ID or Georgia Driver’s License number. Voters will get a confirmation email that their request has been entered into the system. Also, voters can monitor their ballot status on My Voter Page.

The portal is available herehttp://www.securevotega.com/secureabsentee/

Absentee ballots requested for the November 2020 presidential election cannot be sent out before September 15.

In the past, Georgia voters had to download and print an absentee ballot request, then scan and email it or put it in the mail. This new portal saves voters effort and postage and will increase confidence that the request has been received by county elections officials. It also makes it easier and faster for county election official to process absentee ballot requests by minimizing the possibility of data entry errors.

While the State ID or driver’s license number provide a secure safeguard for requesting ballots, the ballots themselves will still be verified by matching the voter signature to their signature on file upon submission. A record 1.6 million absentee ballot requests were received for the June primary, inundating county elections officials. This portal will make processing the large number of absentee ballot requests expected for the November election easier for county election officials to process quickly and accurately.

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    Barbara L Bowers

    September 11, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    The online portal DOES NOT WORK. My husband and I are registered voters in Fulton County and we vote in every election, most recently this past spring. We are both listed as registered on the SOS “My Voter” page. Neither of us have been able to complete a request for an absentee ballot through the portal, despite repeated attempts over the past two days.

    After you put in name, birth date and DL number, you have to select your county from a drop-down menu. I selected Fulton. When I clicked Continue, a large error message appeared: “No match was found on the information entered or you are not a Registered Voter in an Active or Inactive Status.” It shows the County box as blank and says “County is required.” I keep clicking Fulton, but keep getting the same error message. What good is the online portal is it doesn’t work?

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