“We will continue to fight so that no Georgian loses their right to vote simply because they have made the choice not to vote in recent elections,” Fair Fight Action CEO Lauren Groh-Wargo said.
The dispute focuses on a state law passed last year that lengthened the time before voters could be considered “inactive” and later removed from election rolls. Fair Fight Action argued that the law should have covered voter registrations that had previously been declared inactive; attorneys for the state said the law wasn’t meant to be retroactively applied.
During last month’s voter registration cancellation process, voters were considered “inactive” after three years in which they failed to participate in elections, contact election officials, respond to election officials’ mail or update their registrations. Then their registrations were voided after they missed the next two general elections.
The change in state law last year lengthened the period before voters become “inactive” from three years to five years.
The 287,000 cancellations represented about 4% of the state’s 7 million voters.