Georgia notifying voters who could be taken off rolls

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Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 10:36 AM EDT
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ATLANTA (WRDW/WAGT) - Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said election officials are sending 185,666 notifications this week to voter files that have registered no contact with Georgia’s election system for at least five calendar years.

Raffensperger instructed county election officials to mail no-contact notices to 185,666 people. Their registrations will be classified as inactive if they do not respond within 30 days. These registrations are for people who have had no contact in the election system in the past five calendar years.

No contact means they have neither voted, requested an absentee ballot, signed a petition, updated their registration by changing their address or renewed their driver’s license.

Inactive status does not prevent voters from casting a regular ballot as usual. Voters on the inactive list who try to cast a ballot will not realize they had been made inactive.

People receiving a notification can return it, postage-free, and avoid being classified as inactive.

Voter files that remain inactive for two more election cycles will be mailed another notice asking them to confirm their registration. Inactive voters who do not respond to the second notice will have their registration canceled.

“Accurate voter lists are fundamental to election integrity,” Raffensperger said. “They ensure ineligible people cannot vote, allow counties to effectively allocate resources so there are no long lines, and help make sure voters get accurate information about casting their ballot.”


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