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PROBLEMS WITH YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION?

When you register to vote, you submit an application and normally you will receive a voter registration card in the mail showing that you are a registered voter.

If you received a letter in the mail saying there are problems with your voter registration, please read below:

The State of Georgia has created a system to review information on voter registration applications.  In this system, the State looks at information about you that is kept at the Department of Driver Services (DDS).

If you have a driver’s license (or state identification card), your voter registration application will be compared to the information you gave when you received your driver’s license.

Information at DDS is not always correct.  For example, you may have showed your “green card” (permanent resident card) when you got your driver’s license at DDS.  If you have since become a U.S. citizen, and submitted a voter registration application, you may be “flagged” as a non-citizen because of information at the DDS.  Even some people who were born in the United States are listed as non-U.S. citizens by DDS.

If you are flagged as a non-citizen when you register to vote, the County Registrar’s office may send you a letter saying that you have to prove your citizenship.  The County Registrar’s office may also send you a letter saying that you are not qualified to vote because your citizenship status is unclear.  The letter will explain the steps you should take to provide proof of citizenship.  This may include presenting your birth certificate, naturalization certificate, or other proof of citizenship within a certain number of days.  

If you receive a letter saying there is a problem with your citizenship when you register to vote, please contact GALEO at 1-888-54GALEO (1-888-544-2536), or call MALDEF toll-free at 1-877-224-5476 and ask for Carmen Leija.  We will talk with you about the steps you need to take to prove your citizenship.

 

To make a complaint regarding possible violations of the federal voting rights laws, you may contact the US Department of Justice toll-free at (800) 253-3931. There are no special forms to use or procedures to follow. (Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Room 7254 – NWB, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20530)

If you believe you have been denied the right to vote due to disability or the right to accessible voting, please contact the Georgia Advocacy Office at (800) 537-2329 or (404) 885-1234. (Voice or TTY).

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