Ralston Backs Free Federally Compliant Voter IDs

Although Georgia already offers a free voter ID, Speaker David Ralston has come out in support of free federally compliant IDs for Georgians that can be used for other purposes:

“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.”

It doesn’t appear that Ralston has introduced legislation yet, not that it’ll do anything squash the backlash over the election bills working their way through the General Assembly.

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