Who is at risk of losing their registration on the electoral rolls?
AUGUSTA, Georgia (WRDW / WAGT) – We are over a year away from the next statewide election in Georgia. But already we are seeing local groups getting ready. A voter registration event took place earlier today at the Augusta South Family YMCA near Tobacco Road.
It comes as Georgia’s secretary of state has said his office will remove more than 100,000 names from state registration lists to be obsolete. So how do you know if your file is out of date? And if so, what can you do to update it to make sure your vote counts?
Our local election office reports that approximately 2,500 voters in Richmond County and 2,500 voters in Columbia County are at risk of losing their voter registration. We spoke to franchise activists about their concerns and what election officials say you need to know.
Gayla Keesee spent the day checking the voter registration statuses.
“We have a QR code that we say, scan it, go ahead and check the secretary of state’s website. I’ve done this before and found people who thought they were registered to vote, we couldn’t find them on the Secretary of State’s website, ”said Gayla Keesee, field organizer by People’s Agenda Augusta.
She says removing voters from the lists puts people at risk of realizing it is too late.
“There are mistakes that can be made. So we have to make sure that you check now, and not later, ”said Keesee.
Here’s who’s at risk in Georgia:
- Electors who have submitted a change of address to the post office
- Electors whose mail was not distributable
- Voters who have not contacted their electoral office for more than five years
“This is a regular and routine way of ensuring the integrity and accuracy of the voter registration list,” said Lynn Bailey, executive director of the Richmond County Electoral Board.
The Richmond County Electoral Council says it can all get a bad rap, but they have their reasons for clearing the lists.
“I think this group of 2,500 people are rightly identified on this list as being at least questionable if they are still in the area and still need to stay on our list,” Bailey said.
But one of the most important things she wants people to know – “How important it is for people to be aware of their voting status and not be caught off guard by things like this, when it comes down to it. is too late to do anything. ” This way, you won’t be refused your ballot after waiting in line to vote.
Lynn Bailey says people will receive a note in the mail this week if they are among those at risk of losing their registration. She says they will have 30 days to respond but they can always re-register to vote.
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