DeKalb County offering voter ID cards after new voting law

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — DeKalb County election leaders say now is the time to pick up a free voter ID card.

The card is for voters who do not have valid identification, like a driver’s license.

“We are committed to the voters of DeKalb County, and will be actively communicating how the voting experience may be different for some voters with the passage of SB202,” said DeKalb VRE Director Erica Hamilton. “For voters who do not have the appropriate identification, the time is now to tackle this so that voting is a breeze during the next election.”

Registered voters can pick one up at the DeKalb County Voter and Elections Office on Memorial Drive. People should bring a photo identity document or a non-photo identity document that includes the full legal name, date of birth, proof of voter registration and a document reflecting full legal name and address in DeKalb County.

Voters can also CLICK HERE to start the online process of obtaining a state-issued voter identification card. The same documentation is required.

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“DeKalb County is working on a number of awareness initiatives to ensure our voters understand the changes in the new law,” said Hamilton. “We’re excited to see voter enthusiasm and civic engagement continue into our 2021 elections.”

Gov. Kemp signed into law a new voting bill that requires a photo ID in order to vote absentee by mail.

When a voter applies for an absentee ballot and returns the ballot, electors must include a copy of either the license or state ID card. If a voter does not have one, the law requires them to include a photo copy of another form of an accepted ID.