ATLANTA – Today, Fair Fight Action launched a new online tool, GeorgiaVoterSearch.com, to inform and assist voters who are in danger of being purged from the Georgia voter rolls. The announcement comes after Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger released the names of nearly 102,000 Georgians who are at risk of having their Georgia voter registrations canceled next month. The list includes voters who are at risk of being removed from the voter rolls simply for not voting in recent elections — Georgia’s “use it or lose it” practice.
The new online tool will allow Georgia voters to verify if they are on the list of nearly 102,000 Georgians whose voter registration will be canceled if they do not take action to keep themselves on the rolls. The online tool also encourages all voters to check their registration status, even if they are not on the removal list. In addition to the online tool, Fair Fight Action plans to reach nearly 50,000 voters in a mass phone and text bank campaign later this summer to alert Georgia voters of the coming purge and to inform previously purged voters that they can re-register.
The latest purge efforts follow a pattern in Georgia. In 2017, 534,000 people were eliminated from Georgia’s voter rolls, representing the largest removal of registrations in U.S. history. Yesterday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that 44,000 voters who then-Secretary of State Kemp removed from the rolls in 2017 were eligible Georgia voters who overcame the undue obstacles to participate in the 2020 election.
In 2019, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger sought to have 287,000 Georgia voters purged ahead of the November 2020 election cycle and Fair Fight Action fought back in court. Because of the litigation and public scrutiny brought by Fair Fight Action, Secretary Raffensperger was forced to admit to 22,000 errors in the voter purge and reinstate those voters to the rolls. In addition to successful legal efforts to help many Georgians stay registered, Fair Fight Action engaged in grassroots efforts, including a phone and text bank attended by four then-presidential candidates in 2019.
Fair Fight Action Voter Protection Director Liza Conrad released the following statement:
“It is critical that every Georgia voter check their voter registration status to make sure it is active and up to date. GeorgiaVoterSearch.com will allow Georgia voters to make sure they are not unjustly stripped of their access to the ballot box. Fair Fight Action is dedicating our resources to educating voters and to making sure these attempts to purge eligible voters from the rolls are not going unanswered. The voter purges attempts in Georgia highlight the need for federal action, including the passage of the For the People Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to stop attacks on our freedom to vote.”