Two bills authored by District 23 state Rep. Mark Hamilton were recently signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal.
House Bills 92 and 454 were designed to improve the quality of elections in Georgia.
House Bill 92 shortens the early voting period from 45 to 21 days as a cost-saving measure.
It also requires polls to be open on one Saturday during the early voting period to improve access for those whose work schedules don't allow them to vote on weekdays.
Hamilton said he worked hard “to gain bipartisan support and passage for this common-sense legislation.”
“This legislation, which does not affect mail-in or election day voting, will save taxpayers in almost every community across Georgia and is estimated to save Forsyth County anywhere between $10,000 to $25,000 annually,” Hamilton said.
“Plus it will make the voting process consistent and less confusing for voters.”
House Bill 454 makes Georgia only the second state to allow its secretary of state to set the presidential preference primary date.
The power gives Georgia a more competitive edge, allowing it to be among the first states to allow voters to choose their preference for presidential candidates, which could sway outcomes in future states.
“With Georgia’s strong population and electorate growth over the last 10 years, it is time that we become a more important election stop during presidential campaign seasons and this flexibility will enable us to do so,” Hamilton said.