(ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - After a new law went into effect on July 1, the size of local jury pools in Georgia expanded significantly, to include every citizen who is legally eligible to serve.
The new law says that every resident who is at least 18 years old and votes, has a driver's license or state-issued identification card is now eligible for jury duty in Georgia.
Georgia was the last state that required what was called "forced balancing" of jury pools. This process meant that jury pools were created by local commissions in each of the state's 159 counties, which would ensure that jury pools were not skewed by gender or race.
Under the new law, the list of prospective jurors uses the entire state's driver's license holder file in addition to the state's full voter registry. As a result, many more people who had previously been excluded from consideration would now be considered for jury duty.