Voter rights and requirements

PLEASE NOTE: Absentee voters can get ballots ON LINE. This doesn’t excuse those states that didn’t get them to military voters on time, but it does give those voters a way to still vote. TELL THEM.

Depending on the specific poll, somewhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of Americans SUPPORT voter identification laws designed to ensure each citizen gets one and only one vote.

History of Voting Rights in the United States

1776 Only those citizens who were male, white, Protestant and owners of property were allowed to vote.

1830 Many States had dropped the religion and property ownership requirements.

1870 Male African American citizens got the right to vote.

1920 Female citizens got the right to vote.

1943 Chinese immigrants got the right to become citizens and vote.

1947 Native American citizens got the right to vote.

1966 Poll taxes were banned, thus enabling impoverished citizens to vote.

1965 Literacy tests were banned, thus enabling poorly educated citizens to vote.

1971 The voting age for all citizens was lowered to 18.

1975 Congress required language assistance for voting citizens with limited English proficiency.

1990 Congress required election workers and polling sites to provide aid to disabled citizens.

2012 Sample voter requirement

You are eligible to vote in Georgia if you are:

A citizen of the United States;

A legal resident of Georgia;

At least 18 years old;

Have not been found to be mentally incompetent by the court;

Not serving a sentence for a felony of moral turpitude;

Registered to vote.

WARNING: Any person who registers to vote knowing that such person does not possess the qualifications required by law, who registers under any name other than such person’s own name, or who knowingly gives false information in registering shall be guilty of a felony.

If you choose to vote in person, you must show an acceptable identification. These include a Georgia driver’s license, even if expired; any valid state or federal issued photo ID, including a free Voter ID Card issued by your county registrar’s office or by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS); a valid U.S. passport; a valid employee photo ID from any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U. S. Government, Georgia, or any county, municipality, board, authority or other entity of this state; a valid U.S. military photo ID; a valid tribal photo ID.

If you choose to vote by mail, you must properly request and return an absentee ballot. Forms for registering and for voting by absentee ballot can be downloaded @

 Voter identification laws are not racist.

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