Georgia city: Want $50 off your fine? Register to vote
ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta-area city offered residents a $50 discount from citations for registering to vote or confirming their voter status.
The move by the city of South Fulton has raised questions about whether state law barring the exchange of money or gifts for registering voters was violated.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that city solicitor LaDawn Jones said the policy was an example of the city’s “innovative” criminal justice system.
She said that the offer was not simply for gifts or money, but to consider a person’s civic engagement when the city assessed fines.
The Georgia secretary of state’s office told the newspaper they had not received any complaints about the discount offer. The deadline to register was Tuesday. It’s unclear how many people took advantage of the discount offer.
Jones said the city did not inquire about any specific parties or candidates in the process.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com