The four counties with the most voters removed were also
the state’s four most populous: Fulton, Gwinnett, DeKalb and
Cobb. Cobb had 20,075 voters removed from the rolls, DeKalb 25,905
and Fulton 41,821. Combined, about 107,000 voters were removed in
Gwinnett had the lowest rate of cancellations at 3.3% of
voters registered in the county. The percentage of registered voters
removed from each county’s rolls, between 3.3% and 5%, was similar
in Atlanta’s core counties.
Voters were removed at a higher rate in the metro area,
4.2%, than statewide, 3.9%.
Gwinnett County’s elections office sent notifications in
late 2019 to the voters whose registration was about to be canceled.
Gwinnett was the only county who had to handle its own cancellation
mailings because it is federally required to provide all elections
materials in both English and Spanish, due to a large
Spanish-speaking population. About 2,000 from Gwinnett were able to
contact the state and prevent their registrations from being
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In Gwinnett, 46% of canceled voters were white, a
proportion higher than the 41% the group makes up of the electorate.
Black voters made up 26% of the voting base, 27% were removed,
according to state data. Hispanic voters made up 8% of the
electorate, but make up 5% of those removed from rolls. Asian
percentages mirrored those of Hispanic voters. About 12% of
Gwinnett’s registered voters were of an “unknown” race; a group that
comprised 16% of those removed.
Older voters were removed less often. In Gwinnett, 26% of voters
were baby boomers and made up 26% of those removed. Generation X
comprised 29% of voters and were 33% of those removed. Millennials,
the largest group, was 29% of registered voters and 33% of those
The state cancels voter registrations for three reasons: a
person hasn’t voted in several years, they’ve filed
change-of-address forms, or mail sent to them by election officials
was returned as undeliverable.
About 58% removals in Gwinnett were due to people filing a change
of address forms, suggesting they moved. Another 40% were removed
who had not voted since before the 2012 presidential election and
had no contact with state or local elections officials. Another 2%
were put on the inactive list because election mail was returned as
In January, 582,733 Gwinnett voters remained on the rolls,
elections officials said.
AJC Newsroom Data Specialists Jennifer Peebles and Nick Thieme
contributed to this story
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