Federal officials have asked election officials in Georgia and five other states to investigate whether social security number checks are being improperly run on newly registered voters.

Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue sent a letter to the secretaries of state of Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, North Carolina and Ohio. Astrue says those states had submitted extraordinarily high levels of social security number verification

With nearly two million requests in the past year, Georgia has made far more social security number verification requests than any other state.
Georgia Deputy Secretary of State Rob Simms says the secretary
of state's office received Astrue's letter Monday.

He said that was the first time the office had been alerted that it had an unusually high number of requests.

Under the Help America Vote Act of 2002, many states have an agreement with the Social Security Administration that requires them to submit the last four digits of a new voter's social security number for verification if the person does not have a valid form of state-issued identification, such as a driver's license.

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