The New Georgia Project claims 47,867 voter registration applications cannot be found across five counties; Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Chatham and Muscogee. They claim to have turned in 7,481 applications that cannot be located to DeKalb County. The group says they have checked the voter list and the list of pending applications at the county level to no avail. After a paper application is turned in, the county has to input the applications information to the system. The system will then attempt to verify the information and approve the registration. If approved the voter is added to the voter list. If an application cannot be verified, or if it cannot be input into the system for verification due to an error or missing information, it is placed on the pending list and a letter is supposed to be sent to the applicant at the address on the application.
That puts the applicant on a 40-day clock. If they do not respond to the letter in that window, the application is discarded and the name pulled from the pending list. This is where the problems begin; according to DeKalb County they have discarded roughly 1,700 applications in this manner. Even if all 1,700 applications were from people approached by the New Georgia Project during their registration drive, there is still nearly 6,000 missing applications. Either DeKalb County has misplaced the applications, or the New Georgia Project’s claims are not accurate.
The New Georgia Project has already had problems with accuracy, on several levels. The list of policies and procedures they follow for Data Entry, which was attached to their lawsuit against the Secretary of State’s Office, states: Only the fields that are legally permitted to be entered are put into the NGP System: full name, address, month and year of birth; phone number.