Report: Georgia GOP Has More Than 300,000 Voters Removed From Voting Rolls
A federal judge approved a measure by Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger that would purge 300,000 voters deemed “inactive” in the state of Georgia, and rights advocates suggest this is a GOP strategy of illegal voter suppression, according to Common Dreams.
“Georgians should not lose their right to vote simply because they have not expressed that right in recent elections, and Georgia’s practice of removing voters who have declined to participate in recent elections violated the United States Constitution,” said Lauren Groh-Wargo, CEO of Fair Fight Action, a voting rights organization.
U.S. District Judge Steve Jones allowed the purge to proceed despite a lawsuit filed by Fair Fight Action calling on the court to “step in and stop this illegal purge.”
Voter rolls in Georgia are expected to shrink from 7.4 million to 7.1 million by Tuesday morning. According to Fair Fight Action, 120,561 Georgians have been removed solely because they have not participated in recent elections.
Investigative reporter Alex Kotch warns that Georgia could remain a red state in 2020 “due to the GOP purposefully denying people the right to vote.”
The Georgia voter purge comes just days after a Wisconsin judge issued an order to remove more than 200,000 voters, ruling in favor of a right-wing group, Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty.
“Voter purges pose a distinct threat to our democracy, causing disproportionate harm to the very voters who have long been disenfranchised: people of color, low-income voters, and those who move frequently,” said Shauntay Nelson, Wisconsin state director of All Voting is Local.
In response to the recent voter purges, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate wrote that he has “never said to [himself], ‘How can I make sure those who might vote against me can’t participate in democracy?’”
“That’s what Republicans are doing today,” Sanders said. “It’s cowardice and they won’t get away with it.”