Letters to SOS, Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett County Concerning Deleting Voter Registrations of Georgia Citizens
On July 21 2017, the ACLU of Georgia, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, the Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda, and the Georgia State Conference for the NAACP threatened lawsuits against Fulton, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties after those counties sent letters to U.S. citizens who moved their residences within their respective counties. In those letters, Fulton, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties suggested that the counties would delete from the voter rolls those citizens’ legal voter registration if those citizens did not take steps to maintain their voter registration. These notices violate federal and state law.
Under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), it is unlawful to issue these kinds of voter registration cancelation notices or require any affirmative action from legally registered voters who move within the same county. Congress passed NVRA to prevent states from removing citizens from voter registration lists based on technicalities.
The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) requires that when counties are notified that legally registered voters move within their counties of residence, that the counties are simply to change their records to reflect the new addresses without any further action from citizens. Additionally, Section 8 of the NVRA specifically states that a citizen’s “name may not be removed from the official list of eligible voters by reason of such a change of address.” [Emphasis added.]