23 October 2008

Computer error cited in Georgia’s voter registration checks

State says it sent 747,000 verification requests, not 2 million

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - October 23, 2008

A computer programming glitch is responsible for the high number of voter registration checks Georgia ran this year through the Social Security Administration, Secretary of State Karen Handel said.

The commissioner of the Social Security Administration had asked Handel earlier this month why Georgia had sent 2 million voter registration verification requests to his office in the past year. The number was higher than any other state.

Handel wrote to Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue last week saying that her office did not request “anywhere near” 2 million checks.


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