The ACLU of Georgia is challenging Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and the secretary of state’s office over their list maintenance procedures and compliance with federal and state law. In particular, they — along with several other organizations, including the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta and the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda — are pointing out that nearly 160,000 Georgia voters who have moved within the same county have recently been threatened with being placed on “inactive” status if they did not respond within 30 days, in violation of both federal and state law.
Pending litigation in the Fulton County Superior Court is tied to this issue, and a letter was sent to the ACLU by Kemp’s office indicating that they were taking steps to ensure that those voting records would remain in “active” status and that the development of a system was underway to update those in-county voter registrations.
“In Georgia, when a registered voter updates the address on their driver’s license, that update is treated as a change of address for voter registration purposes unless the voter affirmatively chooses to opt out of having the address change forwarded,” the letter said in part.
But the letter did not detail what steps were being taken or what sort of system was being developed to ensure that those voters would not lose their “active” voter status.