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The majority of people whose registrations could be canceled — 62% — moved away, according to a list made public by the secretary of state's office. Either they filed change-of-address forms showing they moved to a different county or state, or their mail from election officials was returned as undeliverable.
The remaining 120,561 registrations set for cancellation are matched to voters who haven’t cast a ballot since spring 2012 or before, according to the state’s list. Voter registrations can be canceled after three years of inactivity followed by no contact with election officials during the next two general elections.
The phone bank will last from 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. and other groups, including the Georgia NAACP and Planned Parenthood’s Georgia chapter, are expected to participate. Other presidential candidates could also join Buttigieg and Yang.
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It’s one of several events Abrams is hosting surrounding the Democratic debate that promote voting rights, a clash that helped frame last year’s gubernatorial race against Republican Brian Kemp, who as secretary of state oversaw Georgia elections.
Disputes over the counting of absentee and provisional ballots, voter purges and problems plaguing polling sites triggered a spate of federal lawsuits, a push for a new voting system and outrage from critics who see voter suppression at works.
Republicans say their efforts were aimed at preventing voter fraud and point to Georgia's record 7.4 million registered voters and its automatic voter registration program.
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- Staff writer Mark Niesse contributed to this report