A group of seniors living in a West End high-rise were recently sent letters from Fulton County’s Department of Registration and Elections saying they were in jeopardy of being purged from the voter rolls. County officials have since apologized and said those voters are not being removed, but a Democratic state senator remains concerned. Senator Vincent Fort says approximately 3,000 residents received the letters and were informed they were in danger of being removed from the voter rolls because their addresses no longer existed, and residents were told to attend a hearing to confirm their address. Election officials say after realizing the addresses were current they sent residents another notice saying they would not have to attend the hearing. But Senator Fort says approximately 1,200 who did not respond to the election department were nearly purged from voter rolls last week by the county’s election board, but the board ultimately decided against removing the residents. Fort says says a board member made a motion to remove the voters, but the motion was not seconded. But the state senator says he remains worried about what could happen on election day.
“Either they’re incompetent and they did this unintentionally or they did this intentionally. I don’t know which one. At this point many of the people who got the letters don’t trust the Department of Registration and Elections, and neither do I. And Fort wants to know if what occurred with these residents has happened to others in the county.