In 2019, the state of Georgia wrongfully purged hundreds of thousands of voters, and it could be happening again.
If you voted in the 2020 presidential election and will be voting in the Georgia Senate runoff election on Jan.5, you should make sure you’re still registered to vote. A Georgia Democrats committee member claimed in a viral TikTok that some Georgia voters are being purged of their voter registration.
The woman, whose name has not been identified, stated on a couple of videos that it is her job to register voters in Georgia as a committee member. She said that out of 11 registered voters she spoke to, ten of them had been purged from their voter registration. She also said they were all Black women. Other committee members stated similar experiences with people who believed they were already registered to vote.
We have reached out to Georgia Democrats about this claim and will update the story upon comment.
Here’s how to make sure you are registered to vote in Georgia.
- Click the My Voter Page in the state of Georgia.
- Enter your information in the MVP Login section.
- Your profile will pop up, and next to “Status,” it will say “active.”
- If you are not registered to vote, you will be provided with a link to register to vote.
- Nov. 18: Election officials begin to mail out absentee ballots. Click here to request an absentee ballot. All absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Jan. 5 to be counted.
- Dec. 7: Voter registration deadline
- Dec. 14: In-person early voting begins. Click here to check your polling place.
- Jan. 5: Election Day Jan. 5 is the last day to vote in the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff elections. Polls close at 7 p.m. EST.
Voting registration purging has happened before.
On Sept. 1, 2020, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Georgia published a report that showed hundreds of thousands of voters were purged from the state’s voter rolls on grounds they had moved from their registration address.
The data showed that in Oct. 2019, the Georgia Secretary of State published a list of 313,243 citizens that stated they had moved and were no longer registered to vote.
Out of 313,243 Georgia voters, the ACLU found that 198,351 of them had not moved at all. Therefore these Georgia voters were wrongly purged—a 63.3% error rate.