ATLANTA — Today, Fair Fight Action, the voting rights organization founded by Stacey Abrams, renewed its call for Congressional action on voting rights following new revelations about 185,000 voters — mostly voters of color — set to be purged under Georgia’s anti-democratic use-it-or-lose it practice.
“As Georgia moves to eliminate 185,000 voters from the rolls — mostly voters of color — the time for Congressional action has never been more urgent,” said Fair Fight Action CEO Lauren Groh-Wargo. “The For the People Act would end states’ anti-democratic use-it-or-lose-it practices, while the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act would combat racial discrimination in voting. Congress must swiftly pass both these vital bills to protect all eligible voters, particularly voters of color in states like Georgia.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported today that the Secretary of State claims he has mailed letters to 185,000 Georgia voters, “a step toward eventually canceling their registrations.” The demographics of the list are disturbing.
According to a voter analysis by Fair Fight Action, 53 percent of voters purportedly being sent Raffensperger’s purge warning and set to be purged are voters of color, despite voters of color amounting to 42 percent of the overall electorate.
More than 44 percent of voters set to be purged are Black, though Black voters comprise 32 percent of the overall electorate. The percentages account for voters whose race is not indicated at the time of registration.
Fair Fight Action is engaging in grassroots actions to contact voters who are at risk of being purged, arming them with the information they need to stay on the rolls. The group also launched a digital tool at georgiavotersearch.com for voters to check if they were among the list of voters released in June whose registration could be canceled.