Over 200,000 Georgians on ‘voter retention’ list | national news
ATLANTA — The Georgia Secretary of State’s Office announced regular voter roll updates to help ensure more accurate voter rolls for the upcoming November election.
Keeping the voters list is required by federal and Georgian law, and it helps ensure that only eligible voters vote. Maintaining the voters list also helps ensure that Georgian voters’ registration information is accurate and up-to-date so they can ensure they go to the correct polling station on election day. More accurate voter lists will help ensure a smoother experience for Georgian voters.
Voters who have moved or filed a domestic change of address notification with the USPS will receive confirmation notices in the mail shortly. To confirm the move, simply reply using the addressed prepaid card. Voters can also use notices to correct or update their information.
“Like our citizenship verification and photo ID requirement, keeping voters’ lists is one of the tools that makes Georgia number one in election integrity,” the Secretary of State said. State Brad Raffensperger in a press release. “Our office is committed to having the most up-to-date voter records in the country. This reduces queues and helps ensure voters arrive in the correct constituency.
Through Georgia’s partnership with the Electronic Registration Clearinghouse, 63,757 people were identified as possibly having registered to vote or obtain a driver’s license in another state. These electors will receive confirmation notices by mail at their new address. If the elector confirms the move, he will be removed from the electoral lists. Voters who do not respond to the notice will be placed on inactive status.
Additionally, 154,588 voters have been identified and filed a nationwide Change of Address Notice with the USPS. Of those NCOA voters, 45,686 voters moved to another Georgia county, 32,820 voters left the state, and 76,092 voters were identified as moving within their county. In accordance with Georgia law, intra-county moves will automatically have their records updated by their county elections office. Per state law, confirmation notices were mailed to the mailing address on voter records.
Affected voters should use prepaid, addressed confirmation notices to confirm their move or update their information with the county elections office as soon as possible. As always, all voters can check their voter registration information on the Secretary of State’s My Voter page and update their addresses or other information on the online voter registration page.
“Georgia uses every tool available – online voter registration, cross-state data matching through ERIC, and integration of motor vehicle registration data – resulting in some of the most accurate voter lists in the country” , said David Becker, executive director of the Center for Election Research and Innovation, said. “Accurate voters lists mean fewer problems at the polls, reduced wait times and maximum electoral integrity.”