New Bill Would Mandate That Absentee Ballots Go Only to Registered Georgia Voters


Georgia legislators have filed a bill that would require that government officials mail absentee ballot applications only to registered voters.

The Georgia General Assembly’s website identified State Sen. Max Burns (R-Sylvania) as the bill’s primary sponsor.

“All persons or entities, other than the Secretary of State, election superintendents, boards of registrars, and absentee ballot clerks, that send applications for absentee ballots to electors in a primary, election, or runoff shall mail such applications only to eligible registered electors who have not already requested, received, or voted an absentee ballot in the primary, election, or runoff,” according to the language of the bill.

“Any such person or entity shall compare the mail distribution list being used by the person or entity for such mailing with the most current registered electors list maintained by the Secretary of State and remove all persons from the list who are not registered electors. Any such entity shall also compare the mail distribution list with the most recent information available on which electors have requested, been issued, or voted an absentee ballot in the primary, election, or runoff and shall remove the names of such electors from the mail distribution list.”

Members of the State Election Board would impose sanctions on people who violate this proposed law, according to the language of the bill.

As The Georgia Star News reported last week, eight members of the Georgia General Assembly have filed legislation that would, if enacted into law, increase penalties for election fraud within the state.

Specifically, the bill would make it a felony to “tamper with, alter, destroy, modify, or falsify the electronic data constituting the official returns or votes cast in a primary, election, or runoff.”

This bill is only one of many that legislators have filed this session to address what they said were voting irregularities after the November 2020 presidential elections. U.S. President Joe Biden carried Georgia and ultimately defeated then-U.S. President Donald Trump in that election.

As The Star News reported last week, another bill in the legislature would require that election officials immediately count and tabulate ballots when the polls close.

Also as reported last week, Georgia State Rep. Charlice Byrd (R-Woodstock) introduced Voter ID legislation that she said would prohibit people from using certain types of identification for in-person voting.

That bill, HB 228, would, if enacted into law, require Georgia residents who are not U.S. citizens to have “BEARER NOT A U.S. CITIZEN — NOT VOTER ID” printed on their licenses, permits and/or identification cards. People with this information on their forms of identification could not present them to a poll worker to vote, according to Byrd’s legislation.

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]








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3 Thoughts to “New Bill Would Mandate That Absentee Ballots Go Only to Registered Georgia Voters”

  1. John Walters

    Good start, BUT LOTS MORE NEEDED. Pelosi and Schumer trying like they always do, to take over election laws from the states. REPUBS IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE IN GA, AND ELSEWHERE NEED TO make sure they know. NEVER HAPPEN. TOTALLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. it would lead to civil war II.

  2. d

    So youre telling me that there isnt an existing law already or are you verifying that the existing law was violated.

    If it was violated, who is going to jail for this felony? Whom is investigating whom voted illegally in the 2020 election? Thank God voter fraud is being addressed but why are you wasting taxpayers dollars writing laws that currently exist, were violated, but no one was prosecuted? Just enforce the existing!

    Why not investigate and work a check and balance into the system for rogue Secretary of State offices. Of just ask them what they did and then write legislation to prevent that from happening again.

  3. Allen

    This bill does little to address the fact that many “undocumented” people are already on the voter rolls because they were enrolled by people who didn’t verify the information provided.
    While this may work in rural Georgia, the situations in the metro areas will simply not be corrected.
    We no longer have a trustworthy voting system in Georgia and the Republican Party within the state don’t seem to be serious steps to restore the confidence of the honest voters.