Alabama, Georgia to Investigate Registration Process

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

Some Alabama and Georgia election workers are under investigation for the way they register voters.

Federal officials say six states may have improperly run social security number checks on newly registered voters.

There's been an overwhelming amount of new voters come into the Houston county registrar's office.

But with the influx of voters, comes an influx of verification requests.

"This has been a very popular election. The media has created quite a buzz with this election, and there's been a lot of interest," says Molly Meadows, Chairman of the Houston County Board of Registrars.

Federal officials have asked election leaders in six states, including Alabama and Georgia, to make sure the social security number checks are being properly run on newly registered voters.

In Alabama, workers use a person's driver's license to verify a voter's identity.

If there is a discrepancy in that number matching the name, then the last four digits of the person's social security number is used for registration verification.

Houston County workers say since it's only the last four numbers of your social and all registration forms are stored properly, you don't have to worry about your identity being at risk.

"We ask for their last 4 digits and their driver's license number to verify that they are who they say they are. The information stays here," says Meadows.

Workers also want to point out, when it is time to vote, a driver's license is valid for voter identification purposes--even if it reflects the individual's previous address.

The Associated Press reports, Georgia has made more social security number verification request than any other state, with nearly two million requests made in the past year.

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