Georgia Sec. of State Discusses His State’s Experience With Photo ID

Brian Kemp, Georgia’s Secretary of State, was the speaker at the Civitas Conservative Leadership Conference: Battleground 2012 breakfast on Saturday, March 3, 2012.  Kemp has served as Georgia Secretary of State since January, 2010 and is Georgia’s Chief Elections Administrator.  Since taking office, Secretary Kemp has established his state as a national model for election security, including; the My Voter Page or “MVP” voter education website. The MVP web site allows voters to view their sample ballot, find their early voting locations and times, find their Election Day polling location, track their absentee ballot and more. Georgia’s military and overseas voters can also use MVP to download and print their absentee ballots.

Secretary Kemp achieved significant victories for protection of election security and state’s rights when he filed suit against the U.S. Department of Justice to obtain preclearance of Georgia’s verification system for new voter registration applicants, which includes citizenship. Georgia can now verify that voter registration applicants are who they say they are, and that they are U.S. citizens.

Secretary Kemp’s remarks at this year’s CLC highlighted the increase in voter turnout in Georgia since the state’s voter photo ID law was implemented in 2007.  He reported that in the four years since the law was implemented, Georgians cast tens of millions of votes in 40 state and federal elections and hundreds of city and county elections, and the law has withstood challenges in four courts. He also said that the opponents of photo ID have failed to find one individual who has been harmed due to the requirement.

His presentation includes; the number of voters who have been issued a free voter photo ID card, an analysis of votes cast since law was passed, an outline and cost of the voter photo ID outreach and education program and an account of recent legal challenges.

To learn more about Georgia’s experience with voter photo ID, see Sec. Kemp’s presentation here:


This article was posted in Elections & Voting by Susan Myrick on March 5, 2012 at 5:26 PM.

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    Gail Chapman
    Gail Chapman Mar 07, 2012 at 12:09

    Brian Kemp’s presentation was excellent. I just wish that both he and Civitas would encourage conservatives to write letters to the editors of their local papers that would include the facts that he related. This issue needs to be kept in the news until Voter Photo ID is passed (and not vetoed) in NC.

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    Susan Myrick
    Susan Myrick Mar 07, 2012 at 12:46

    Thank you for your kind comment and thank you for attending this year’s Conservative Leadership Conference.

    Civitas has highlighted Secretary Kemp’s presentation in hopes that you and everyone that attended the event and/or sees the presentation on our website will use it to spread the truth and well documented facts about voter photo ID.

    We hope that everyone who attends our events and training sessions and reads our articles on our website or in our monthly newspaper (the Civitas Capitol Connection) and other publications use all the information we provide in a way that will help inform and educate all people in every community in North Carolina. We rely on people like you to help reach everyone. Thank you again.

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    Brian Lineberry
    Brian Lineberry Mar 08, 2012 at 12:40

    Thanks so much for making the presentation available. What a Top Notch thing to do. will make use of it.

  • 4

    noGOPnNC Mar 13, 2012 at 17:31

    So is this Kemp the same astute businessman who said he made 33,000 from his real estae business but had 92,000 in expenses therefore qualifying for a tax break even though he is worth almost 7 million dollars? just curious if this was the same guy… if so he doesn’t seem to be very good at his job private or govt.
    Voter ID laws do cause problems for voters. My white grandmother never had a photo ID ever. Working people also are presented with problems when it takes all day to vote because voter id slows down the process. When you are an hourly worker you can’t just take off time to vote- you have to work it in and the GOP seems to be doing all they can to keep working people from having a vote in NC… I am ashamed of my state but I am heartened by the fact that most of the people supporting voter id laws are not natives of NC. Thank goodness for small miracles. Heres to another 100 years protected from GOP bigotry and ignorance.

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    noGOPnNC Mar 13, 2012 at 17:32

    AND FYI I think the whole debacle in SC should be posted on here as well…. but I bet it won’t be.

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