Georgia Republicans Purge 107,000 People From Voter Rolls Ahead Of Midterms: Report
According to a new report, Republican officials in Georgia removed an estimated 107,000 people from voter rolls because they decided not to vote in prior elections
The voters were removed under the state’s “use it or lose it” law, which starts a process for removing people from voter rolls if they fail to vote, an APM Reports analysis found.
Such laws, enacted by Republicans, have been growing more common, with at least nine states now having them, according to APM Reports.
Voter suppression has become a big issue in the Georgia governor’s race, where Republican Brian Kemp is running against Democrat Stacy Abrams. Abrams would become the first black woman to serve as a U.S. governor in history if elected.
Kemp is Georgia’s secretary of state, and his office oversees elections. Abrams has argued that Georgia laws and Kemp’s office have acted to suppress the votes of African-Americans in the state. Kemp says his office is following Georgia law and that he has acted to prevent voter fraud.
The two are locked in a tight race that could be decided by a relatively small number of voters.
The APM investigation concluded that many people struck from voter rolls under “use it or lose it” laws do not know that they have been dropped and are likely to be surprised if they are turned away from the polls on Nov. 6.
Officials who support the laws argue that the policy helps prevent voter fraud, saying that citizens in good standing who have not turned out to multiple elections most likely moved.