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Low voter turnout across Georgia

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     ATLANTA, GEORGIA – In the last election in Georgia before November, voter turnout was low. Although the results await full certification early next week, only 11.48% of the electorate voted in counties holding elections.
     “In Georgia, voters have unprecedented access to the polls with early voting opportunities and new

technologies, such as Online Voter Registration, the ‘My Voter Page’, and the office’s free smartphone app. These tools allow voters to easily register to vote and stay informed throughout the election cycle,” said Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
     Since taking office in 2010, Secretary Kemp has implemented several new platforms that allow voters to stay informed. In March of 2014, the Secretary of State’s office launched Online Voter Registration. Now, any eligible Georgia citizen can submit an electronic voter registration application using their Georgia driver’s license number or state-issued identification card number.
     Once an application is submitted, an individual can check their registration status, voting information, polling location, and view sample ballots on the office’s “My Voter Page” or free smartphone app.
      Secretary Kemp also encourages voters to engage with his office through social media to relay their Election Day experience. Voters can also use the office’s social media to report irregularities, election complaints or encourage their friends and family to go to the polls.
     All complaints are promptly reviewed by the office’s Investigation Division’s P.O.S.T.-certified law enforcement officers, and if warranted, officers will open a formal State Election Board investigation. The office also receives complaints through the “Stop Voter Fraud” website and hotline (877-725-9797).
     “In addition to the informational resources and tools we offer Georgians, we also work to ensure Georgians have secure, accessible, and fair elections in our state,” said Kemp. “Communication with Georgia voters is key, and we bring all assets to bear on Election Day.”
     Georgians can reference other important dates for the 2016 election cycle on the office’s website.
     Brian Kemp has been Secretary of State since January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting secure, accessible, and fair elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities, charities, and professional license holders.  For more information about the office, visit our website at www.sos.ga.gov. Follow Secretary Kemp for agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.