Georgia Voter ID Law

Below is section 59 of the Georgia law that requires photo identification for voters in Georgia under most circumstances. A driver's license, passport, government ID, or military ID is fine, but anyone who is not employed by the state and does not drive or have a passport will have to buy a state-issued voter ID card. While they can cast a provisional ballot if they lack such ID, the ballot will only be counted if election officials can verify the identity with a fixed time. If not, the ballot is not counted.

Georgia has 159 counties, but only 58 locations sell the cards, and so far Atlanta does not have an office selling one, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article and New York Times editorial. Here is a statement by the ACLU critical of the law. Georgia's governor has not issued an defenses of the law since he signed it.


 

SECTION 59.
Said chapter is further amended by striking Code Section 21-2-417, relating to form of proper identification at polls, and inserting in lieu thereof a new Code Section 21-2-417 to read as follows:
21-2-417.
(a) Each Except as provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, each elector shall present proper identification to a poll worker at or prior to completion of a voteŕs certificate at any polling place and prior to such persońs admission to the enclosed space at such polling place. Proper identification shall consist of any one of the following:
(1) A valid Georgia driverís license which was properly issued by the appropriate state agency;
(2) A valid identification card issued by a branch, department, agency, or entity of the State of Georgia, any other state, or the United States authorized by law to issue personal identification, provided that such identification card contains a photograph of the elector;
(3) A valid United States passport;
(4) A valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the elector and issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government, this state, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other entity of this state;
(5) A valid employee identification card containing a photograph of the elector and issued by any employer of the elector in the ordinary course of such employeŕs business;
(6) A valid student identification card containing a photograph of the elector from any public or private college, university, or postgraduate technical or professional school located within the State of Georgia;
(7) A valid Georgia license to carry a pistol or revolver;
(8) A valid pilot́s license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration or other authorized agency of the United States;
(9)(5) A valid United States military identification card;, provided that such identification card contains a photograph of the elector; or
(10)(6) A certified copy of the electoŕs birth certificate; A valid tribal identification card containing a photograph of the elector.
(11) A valid social security card;
(12) Certified naturalization documentation;
(13) A certified copy of court records showing adoption, name, or sex change;
(14) A current utility bill, or a legible copy thereof, showing the name and address of the elector;
(15) A bank statement, or a legible copy thereof, showing the name and address of the elector;
(16) A government check or paycheck, or a legible copy thereof, showing the name and address of the elector; or
(17) A government document, or a legible copy thereof, showing the name and address of the elector.
(b) If Except as provided in subsection (c) of this Code section, if an elector is unable to produce any of the items of identification listed in subsection (a) of this Code section, he or she shall sign a statement under oath in a form approved by the Secretary of State, separate and distinct from the electoŕs voter certificate, swearing or affirming that he or she is the person identified on the electoŕs voter certificate. Such person shall be allowed to vote without undue delay; provided, however, that an elector who registered for the first time in this state by mail and did not provide one of the forms of identification set forth in subsection (a) of this Code section at the time of registration and who is voting for the first time may vote a provisional ballot pursuant to Code Section 21-2-418 upon swearing or affirming that the elector is the person identified in the electoŕs voter certificate. Such provisional ballot shall only be counted if the registrars are able to verify current and valid identification of the elector as provided in subsection (a) of this Code section within the time period for verifying provisional ballots pursuant to Code Section 21-2-419. Falsely swearing or affirming such statement under oath shall be punishable as a felony, and the penalty shall be distinctly set forth on the face of the statement.
(c) An elector who registered to vote by mail, but did not comply with subsection (c) of Code Section 21-2-220, and who votes for the first time in this state shall present to the poll workers either one of the forms of identification listed in subsection (a) of this Code section or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of such elector. If such elector does not have any of the forms of identification listed in this subsection, such elector may vote a provisional ballot pursuant to Code Section 21-2-418 upon swearing or affirming that the elector is the person identified in the electoŕs voter certificate. Such provisional ballot shall only be counted if the registrars are able to verify current and valid identification of the elector as provided in this subsection within the time period for verifying provisional ballots pursuant to Code Section 21-2-419. Falsely swearing or affirming such statement under oath shall be punishable as a felony, and the penalty shall be distinctly set forth on the face of the statement.