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Ga. Democrats Aim to Expand Voter Access in 2017 Session

A sign greets voters before they step up to cast their ballot at a polling site, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Atlanta. Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the U.S. Senate GOP runoff between Jack Kingston and David Perdue. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November. In addition to the high-profile GOP U.S. Senate runoff, voters in Georgia on Tuesday will cast ballots in a number of other races, including four U.S. House runoffs and state school superintendent. (AP Photo)
A sign greets voters before they step up to cast their ballot at a polling site, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Atlanta. Voters head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the U.S. Senate GOP runoff between Jack Kingston and David Perdue. The winner will face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November. In addition to the high-profile GOP U.S. Senate runoff, voters in Georgia on Tuesday will cast ballots in a number of other races, including four U.S. House runoffs and state school superintendent. (AP Photo)
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Georgia Democrats plan to introduce legislation next year aimed at expanding voter access.

One bill would streamline voter registration, making it an automatic part of getting a driver’s license or state ID. People would have to sign a statement saying they’re citizens who are eligible to vote.

Another measure would let people vote anywhere within their home county. It’s something that already happens with early voting. Rep. Roger Bruce is that bill’s sponsor.

“There are people who work on one side of town and live on another. And if it’s a heavy voting day they could run late for work,” he said. “Or if they try to vote after work, trying to get through traffic, in Atlanta, trying to get through to the other side of town, that’s pretty tough.”

The proposed measures follow a record-breaking turnout for the presidential election.

Both of these bills have been before the legislature before. They haven’t gotten much attention in the past, but their sponsors say they plan to  make voter access a priority in the coming legislative session.

It starts Jan. 9th.

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