ACLU: Georgia Likely Wrongfully Removed Nearly 200,000 Voters From Rolls
According to a report released Wednesday by the ACLU of Georgia, the state “has likely removed nearly 200,000 Georgia citizens from the voter rolls for wrongfully concluding that those people had moved and not changed the address on their voter registration, when in fact they never moved,” CNN reported.
- The news outlet said the report was conducted by “the Palast Investigative Fund, a nonpartisan group that focuses on data journalism,” which “hired expert firms to conduct an Advanced Address List Hygiene, a method of residential address verification, to review 313,243 names that were removed from the state's voter rolls in late 2019.”
- The efforts found that 63.3 percent of voters had not moved and were wrongfully purged.
- In response to the report’s findings, Andrea Young, executive director of the ACLU of Georgia, told CNN, "on the one hand, I was deeply saddened and on the other side, not entirely surprised."
- Young also “described the method the state has used to maintain its voting list as ‘prone to tremendous error’ and not on par with the industry standard for residential address verification.”
CNN previously reported the Georgia Secretary of State said the removal of the voters is not a "purge" but part of routine maintenance on voting lists that dates back to the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
In December 2019, the Georgia Secretary of State said they had removed hundreds of thousands of registered voters it classified as "inactive" from its voting rolls as part of a state provision. Under the provision, the state must remove registration records from the voter rolls that have been deemed "inactive" for more than three years. A voter is categorized as "inactive" if they don't vote in two general elections and have had no contact with board of elections in that time, according to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office.
- Young told CNN: "The real takeaway from this is the state of Georgia is using a methodology for maintaining its voter rolls that is both more expensive and less accurate than what industry would use to maintain a high-quality mailing list.”