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: