The Georgia Secretary of State's office released a notice on Friday, Sept. 1, that all voters will be required to provide photo identification before voting in future elections. This requirement is effective immediately and will include the upcoming Sept. 19 election for the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
McDuffie County Board of Elections Superintendent Phyllis Wheeler said she does not foresee any problems with the requirement. Ms. Wheeler said any registered voter who does not have a photo ID can come to the elections office and have one made there.
"Each county has the capability of doing it in the office," Ms. Wheeler said. "If they are already registered, they can get an ID anytime. And even if they aren't, they can register and get an ID the same day. It shouldn't be a problem."
While it isn't a problem for voters, Ms. Wheeler said it wasn't easy for her to find space in the Board of Elections office for the camera, printer and extra laptop required to furnish the IDs.
Obtaining the ID from the elections office takes approximately 10 minutes, Ms. Wheeler said. A temporary card will be given right away, and the permanent one will arrive via mail in approximately one week.
Other forms of ID that will be accepted at the polls are a valid driver's license, a state-issued ID, a passport, employee ID, military ID or tribal ID. According to the notice from the state, the requirement was issued because the Federal and State photo ID injunctions have expired.
For more information, contact the Board of Elections office at 706-595-2105.