At least 40,000 minority voter registration applications had yet to be processed as of last week in Georgia as a close vote for a U.S. Senate seat approaches. The applications are among more than 80,000 submitted since March by a voter registration organization called the New Georgia Project, along with the NAACP and other groups. New Georgia revealed the figure in an affidavit filed in Fulton County Superior Court on Oct. 24.
Minority voters may be critical to the outcome of statewide elections on Nov. 4. Republican Senate candidate David Perdue had a 0.5 percentage point advantage over Democrat Michelle Nunn, according to polls aggregated by Real Clear Politics. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter trailed incumbent Republican Nathan Deal by 1.9 percent.
Julie Houk, an attorney with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said today that voters whose names don’t show up on registration lists will be given provisional ballots. That may cause confusion at the polls, she said.