Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational and Fund, Inc. (LDF), American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, Georgia NAACP, All Voting is Local Georgia, and The Justice Collaborative sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger urging his office to refrain from transferring voters to inactive status until after the November 3, 2020 general election.

It has been reported that tens of thousands of Georgia voter registrations may be transferred to inactive status before the general election because absentee ballot applications mailed to them in the spring were returned as undeliverable. A significant number of eligible and registered Georgia voters who would be transferred to the inactive list are likely to vote in the general election and this would have significant adverse consequences for the election. These consequences include the affect on election materials that registrars must prepare for election day, which are based on the number of active voters, and the possibility that voters will not receive critical election information because the state and registrars often only send mailings to active voters.

Read the letter to Georgia’s Secretary of State here.

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