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Georgia cancels 189k inactive voter registrations

Brant Sanderlin via AJC

189,000 inactive voter registrations were removed from Georgia’s rolls on Monday in an attempt to keep the state’s voter files up to date ahead of the 2024 presidential election.

The final count for the registration removals, a routine list maintenance the state conducts every other year, was lower than previously announced after about 2,700 Georgians responded to notification letters or updated their registration since July.

Those who haven’t voted in two consecutive general elections and haven’t updated their registration status are assigned to the removal, which election officials believe accounts for voters who have deceased or moved out of Georgia.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said the cancellations contribute to Georgia’s “election integrity,” while voting rights groups like the New Georgia Project Action Fund have called the voter roll cleanup “voter suppression,” meant to disenfranchise legitimately registered voters.

The 188,802 cancellations represent about 2% of the state’s registered voters. There are now under 7.9 million registered voters in Georgia.

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