Speaker proposes free Georgia ID cards for voters

ATLANTA, Georgia (WDEF) – As Georgia lawmakers consider several voting reform bills, House Speaker David Ralston is floating one idea.

The Blue Ridge Republican is proposing that State ID cards should be free to all eligible Georgians.

Right now, you would have to pay $32 to get one from the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).

The ID cards are compliant with the Homeland Security REAL ID cards and could be used as voter identification.

Currently, the state does offer free photo IDs for voters, but that can only be used for voting.

Any age can get the ID, but you must present documents showing your identity, residential address, full social security number, and U.S. citizenship or proof of lawful status in the United States.

You can get one if your driver’s license has expired or suspended.

“I am committed to eliminating barriers to voting for all legally eligible Georgians,” said Speaker David Ralston.

“We have heard from Georgians who are concerned about fees associated with obtaining a voter identification.”

“While Georgia already offers a free voter ID, this State ID card is more useful and will make it easier for Georgians to not only vote, but use the ID to open a checking account or show identification to a TSA agent at an airport.”

“Ultimately, we want to make getting a government-issued photo ID as easy as possible and removing this fee is one more way to demonstrate our commitment that everyone has the tools necessary to vote in Georgia.”

“I look forward to working with Governor Kemp, Lt. Governor Duncan, and my colleagues in the General Assembly to keep Georgia’s elections accessible and secure.”

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