Let America Vote Demands Answers from Georgia Secretary of State After Purge of Over 500,000 Voters

Let America Vote today sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp requesting information regarding the purging of more than 500,000 Georgians from the state’s voter rolls. The cancellation of voter registration in such massive numbers raises concerns especially because the Secretary of State’s office used voters’ lack of electoral participation as justification for the move. Under the National Voter Registration Act and Help America Vote Act, using non-voting as a basis to purge registered voters from the rolls is prohibited.

Secretary Kemp’s actions follow his recent willingness to comply with the request of President Trump’s so-called election integrity commission to hand over personal information for all Georgia voters to be compiled into a national database.

“If even one eligible, registered voter is purged from the rolls, the whole process of cleaning up a state’s voter file is unjustified,” Let America Vote President Jason Kander said. “Purging over half a million Georgia voters leaves a lot of room for error, and that’s why Let America Vote is going to make sure that there was no risk of disenfranchisement in the process. Frankly, it looks like the state lacked any valid justification to cancel the registrations of so many Georgia voters. Secretary Kemp’s actions should be met with extra scrutiny because he has yet to denounce President Trump and Kris Kobach’s request for all of Georgia’s voter data, and is instead fueling the dangerous false narrative that our elections are plagued by voter fraud. Today’s letter is the first step in the careful monitoring that Let America Vote will do over the way Secretary Kemp respects Georgians’ voting rights.”

Let America Vote’s letter includes a request for any information pertaining to voters that recently have been removed from the Georgia voter rolls; recent communication between Secretary Kemp or members of his staff and the United States Department of Justice; and any email, letter, memo, or other document from Secretary Kemp and members of Secretary Kemp’s staff related to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity between November 9, 2016 and August 2, 2017.

Let America Vote’s letter to Secretary Kemp can be found here.