We are encouraging all Georgia locals to check their voter registration status and polling location, which you can do by visiting mvp.sos.ga.gov. Also, if you have any issues with voting or poll locations, please call 888-910-1368 or visit http://fixmy.vote.
Currently, Georgia election officials are mailing notifications to over 142,000 voters who appear to have moved to different states or counties, which is a step toward eventually canceling their registrations. According to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, the notifications will help improve the accuracy of Georgia’s voter registration list, which includes about 7.7 million voters. After receiving notifications, voters who confirm they have moved will be removed from the state’s voter rolls, or they can re-register with their new addresses. Voters who don’t respond will be placed in “inactive” status, meaning they’d still be able to vote but would be eligible for cancellation after the next two general elections.
This action has been met with backlash from multiple organizations and Georgia locals who have noticed a pattern of voters being purged in record-breaking numbers since 2016. “We need better access to the polls. I don’t know how many times I have had volunteers say that they were not able to vote once again because they were purged from the voter registration list. Some have been purged three times in the span of one year,” stated Britt Burns with Protect The Vote GA.
Furthermore, college students are becoming more aggravated by the process and showing up to Board of Elections meetings regarding their status changing. “I’m a Junior at Georgia Tech and I am from Flordia. I still live in Georgia and should be able to comfortably vote without the fear of being purged every year because I have 2 addresses. I have decided to show up to my board of elections meetings to start questioning the board on why I have to keep re-registering to vote,” stated a college student who would like to remain anonymous.
With the announcement of 142,000 voters potentially having their voter registration status canceled or made inactive, New Georgia Project is encouraging the public to check their status routinely and encourage their families to continue to show up to the polls.
Did you know that the public can attend Board of Registration and Elections meetings?
These meetings are open to the public by Georgia law. Georgia Open Meetings Act.
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