The first Georgian to register to vote online, Westside High School valedictorian Eniolufe Asebiomo, signed up Monday before an audience of hundreds of elections officials from across the state.
Asebiomo called the new system, unveiled Monday by Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, “really a good step that innovates technology into the civic process” at a conference of elections officials at the Augusta Convention Center.
Kemp said the system will save counties time and money. It requires new voters to have a Georgia driver’s license.
“Georgians deserve to be able to register to vote or change their information with as much ease as possible. This not only will provide benefits to the voter, but also for all 159 counties,” Kemp said.
Also on Monday, Kemp announced a new mobile application for the “My Voter Page” from the secretary of state’s Web site that shows voters a sample ballot, early voting and election day polling locations, and the status of voter registration and absentee ballots.
The app, currently available on the Android platform, will be released on the Apple platform later this week.
Asebiomo, surprised by the crowds of elections officials who shook his hand and took selfies with him Monday after learning Friday about the opportunity to be Georgia’s first to register to vote online, said the intersection of technology, education and policy might be among the focus of his education at one of several ivy league institutions that have offered him an education.
“I feel like it’s good for politicians to learn all the literary skills, but a lot of what we’re missing in higher-level government officials is having that dual knowledge in electronics and engineering as well. I hope to combine those two roles and bring something different to the table,” he said.
Bobby Howington, the elections supervisor in Morgan County, said he hoped the new technology would increase voter registration and engagement.
“It’s another facet we have to get people registered, get them in the process of voting,” Howington said. “It’s going to be a lot of education involved, getting the media blitz on it, making people aware it’s available.”