Another of Georgia’s voter suppression tactics has resulted in the removal of about 170,000 people from the state’s voter rolls, according to The Hill — the result of voters opting not to cast ballots in prior elections.
> An APM Reports analysis found 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, respond to a notice or make contact with election officials over a three-year period.
> After that three-year span, those who don't vote or make contact with authorities in two elections can be purged from the voter rolls under the Georgia law.
According to APM, such laws are generally enacted in Republican-controlled states, and currently at least nine employ them.
The issue of voter suppression has come front and center in Georgia as Republican Brian Kemp and Democrat Stacey Abrams vie for governor — a race that would see the nation’s first black female governor if Abrams wins.
> 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.