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VoteSafe law will help battered women

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Voting is a civil right that many abuse victims forego because they're afraid it will allow their abusers to find them.

A new law in Georgia will protect the confidentiality of certain voters who have been or may be subjected to violence.

The VoteSafe law was signed by the Governor in May and approved by the Justice Department yesterday.

It will make sure the addresses of those enrolled in the program will remain private and will only be used for voter registration purposes.   

"I think for the women who are out of shelter and trying to maintain their safety, or are on the run from their abusers, because laws aren't protecting them, they have to be protected in some way and yet not have their civil rights violated by not allowing them to vote because they're trying to stay safe," said Liberty House Director Silke Deely.

Those eligible for the program must either be under a protective or restraining order or be a resident of a family violence shelter.

  • Click HERE to find out how to register for the program.
  • Or call: 1-404-656-2871.

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