Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp (right) and Russell Lewis, chief investigator with the Secretary of State’s Office, spoke at a press conference. Kemp was a recipient of a letter from the ACLU questioning a letter that was sent by Fulton County. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM AJC FILE PHOTO

ACLU threatens Fulton County, Georgia with lawsuit after voter letters

The ACLU of Georgia says a letter mailed to nearly 50,000 Fulton County voters, telling them they could be declared inactive because they filed change of address forms but didn’t update their voter registration, is illegal.

The letter states that voters have 30 days to confirm their address on their registration record before being deemed inactive, meaning they could be removed in the future. ACLU of Georgia legal director Sean J. Young said the organization plans to sue if Fulton doesn’t correct the issue.

The mailers referenced by the ACLU in its Tuesday letter specifically involve voters who have moved within Fulton County.

In a letter to the Secretary of State’s office and Fulton County, Young calls the mailing a “voter purge,” something Fulton Director of Elections and Registration Richard Barron said proves the ACLU simply doesn’t understand the process to check where voters live.

“There’s no grand conspiracy here,” he said. “It’s not a purge. It’s ignorance that the ACLU doesn’t know what this letter is.”

To read more about the letter, and why the ACLU is opposed to it, click here to read the whole story, only on myAJC.com.

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