Local man concerned about the accuracy of Georgia's voter registration purge
The Georgia Secretary of State’s office is sending out notices warning inactive voters they will be taken off the roll unless they update their information.
But David Goodman, who lived in Georgia for about 15 years, says he was not included.
“I was seeing what they call media hype surrounding the purge,” he said. “I'm like well I was an active Georgia voter up until May of 2017 when I moved to Chattanooga so I'm going to look and see if I'm still in the system.”
Goodman says he searched the Georgia Secretary of State's website to confirm his voter status in Georgia.
“Sure enough I was an active voter at my old address in Loganville, Georgia,” Goodman said. “When you register to vote in Hamilton County I've been told Hamilton County notifies Walton County. Well apparently, that didn't happen. I've had people tell me that I should've notified Walton County [and] that didn't happen either.”
The Secretary of State's office released a list of people whose registrations are risk of cancellation. More than 300,000 names are on it. Channel 3 searched for Goodman’s, but did not see him listed. A spokesperson with the department says it could be because there have not been two general election cycles since Goodman moved. The spokesperson also said legally, names cannot be immediately purged except in the case of a death or an arrest that results in a felony charge.
According to the department, those who have had an inactive status for more than three years, have had no contact with election officials during that time or had election mail returned as undeliverable will be considered inactive.
The Secretary of State’s office is urging voters like Goodman to contact local election officials to update their information.
Still, Goodman says technically he is eligible to vote in two states. Though he understands the legal risks in actually voting in two states, he says he is concerned others may not abide by the law.
“The election should be fair no matter what.”
To see the list of registrations subject for cancellation, click here.
If your name is on the list and you are still an eligible Georgia voter, you can simply update your registration here or contact your county elections office.
According to the Georgia Secretary of State's Office, here is how a registration becomes subject to cancellation:
Step 1: A registered voter files a change of address request with the U.S. Postal Service.
Official election mail is returned undeliverable.
A person has no contact with elections officials for three years. Contact can be in the form of voting in any election or primary, signing a petition, updating voter registration, or renewing or changing a driver’s license.
Step 2: Not responding to a confirmation letter mailed by the county voter registrar.
Step 3: Having no contact with voter registration for two additional general elections, meaning not voting in any election or primary, signing a petition, updating voter registration or renewing or changing a driver’s license.
Step 4: Failing to respond within 30 days to the notice which they are being sent by either of the following:
a. returning the attached postage-paid postcard they will receive or
b. updating their registration
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