Secretary of State Kemp Joins NASS in Declaring September 2010 National Voter Registration Month
Atlanta – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp today joined fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) in declaring September 2010 National Voter Registration Month. Secretary Kemp currently serves as a member of the NASS Elections Committee and the Business Services Committee.
“Registering to vote is the first step toward becoming an active citizen in your community, our state and our country,” Secretary Kemp said. “I encourage all eligible Georgia citizens to register, educate themselves on the issues and the candidates, and make their voices heard on Election Day.”
This year, Secretary Kemp launched a new voter education website called MVP. MVP allows voters to check their registration status, view a sample ballot specific to that voter for upcoming elections, find their Election Day polling location and early voting locations in their county, track the status of their absentee ballot, and more. Georgians can access the Secretary of State’s MVP website at: www.sos.ga.gov.
Kemp added, “The MVP e-government solution provides an invaluable educational resource for voters. We want to put as much information in the hands of the voter as we can, in an easy-to-use format. The goal is for every voter in the State of Georgia to have the information he or she needs to be able to make the voting process work for them.”
To register to vote in Georgia, you must be a citizen of the United States; a legal resident of Georgia and of the county in which you plan to vote; and at least 17 ½ years old. You may not register to vote if you are currently serving any sentence imposed by the conviction of a felony or judicially determined to be mentally incompetent.
Eligible citizens who are not currently registered to vote in the county in which they reside should register to vote or update their voter registration. Citizens must be registered by Monday, October 4, 2010 to vote in the November 2, 2010 General Election.
Earlier this month, Secretary Kemp announced that the U.S. Department of Justice consented to preclearance of the State of Georgia’s voter verification process for first-time voter registration applicants. The voter verification process protects Georgia’s voter rolls, by allowing the State to verify that voter registration applicants are who they say they are and that they are citizens of the United States.
NASS established National Voter Registration Month to encourage voter participation and to increase awareness of state voter registration requirements and deadlines.
Brian Kemp was sworn in as Secretary of State in January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives and the Capitol Museum.