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A new form of voter suppression includes Georgia officials removing an estimated 107,000 people from voter rolls for not voting in prior elections.
The Hill reports the estimated 107,000 voters were removed under Georgia’s “use it or lose it” law, which purgers people from the voter rolls if they fail to vote in two elections, or over a three-year period.
News of the purge was discovered by an APM Reports analysis, which concluded if Georgia voters didn’t make contact with the authorities during that three-year time period, they were removed from the voter roll.
This type of voter suppression, which is commonly enacted by GOP-led governments, is becoming more common — and not only in the state of Georgia. According to The Hill, nine states currently have “use it or lose it” laws on the books.
Those who have been struck from voter rolls will likely be unaware they’ve been dropped, up until they’re turned away from the polls on Nov. 6 for midterm elections.
This isn’t the first time Georgia has been accused of using voter suppression tactics. On Oct. 10, Hill Reporter revealed the office of Brian Kemp, Georgia’s secretary of state, had placed more than 53,000 voter registration applications on hold due to the state’s law requiring verification of voters’ information. Nearly 70% of the applications on hold were those of black voters, according to Time.
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