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Georgia VoteSafe program helps protect victims of family violence

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ATLANTA -- The Georgia VoteSafe program allows for residence addresses of voters who have been or could be subject to family violence to be hidden.

Georgia state law requires that the names and addresses of all registered voters be available to the public.

However, in 2009, a law was enacted that makes the information of those who are victims or may become victims of family violence and stalking or currently live in a family violence shelter confidential.

According to the Georgia Secretary of State's Office, To be eligible for the VoteSafe program, a person must be a registered voter and resident in the state of Georgia and meet one of the following requirements:

  • you have a protective order under O.C.G.A. § 19-13-4 or under a similar provision of law in another state
  • you have a restraining order or protective order under O.C.G.A. § 16-5-94 or under a similar provision of law in another state
  • you are a bona fide resident of a family violence shelter, as defined in O.C.G.A. §19-13-20.

An application for the VoteSafe program can be found here. You must also submit either a VoteSafe Affidavit or VoteSafe Resident Certification to your county registrar.

Registrar contact information can be found here.


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