In February 2016, Common Cause and the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP brought suit against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp for illegally purging eligible Georgia voters from the state voter list. Although the National Voter Registration Act explicitly forbids the removal of voters from the rolls for their failure to vote in prior elections, a provision of Georgia law initiates such purge programs by identifying individuals who have failed to vote for the previous three years. Due to the state’s practices, hundreds of thousands of voters have been purged, and as of June 2015, over 800,000 Georgians were placed on the inactive list and were in danger of being purged. The suit alleges violation of the National Voter Registration Act and the First Amendment for infringement on the right not to vote.
Associated Press Article
90-Day Notice Letter
Opposition to State’s Motion to Dismiss