A new bill has been introduced in the Georgia House which would stop the government from purging voters just because they didn’t vote in a recent election.
The legislation was proposed by Democratic House Minority Leader Bob Trammell. The moves comes after more than 1.4 million voter registrations were canceled in Georgia since 2012. The main reason for many of the purges was because they hadn't voted for some time.
“With today’s technology, there’s no excuse that justifies making voting harder rather than simpler. The process of purging people from the voter registration rolls solely because they haven't voted in recent elections is undemocratic and corrosive to the integrity of our elections process," said Trammell, D-Luthersville.
“Every election going forward will benefit from trying to fix the system,” Abrams says, “and the reality is fixing the system benefits people I may never want to vote for. It will benefit those I may strongly object to. But the reality is, democracy requires that everyone have an opportunity, not that you’re guaranteed a victory, but that you have the chance to wage a fair contest. And that did not happen in the state of Georgia," Stacey Abrams said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
Voters can be declared “inactive” if they make no contact with election officials for three years and don’t return a mailed confirmation notice. During the recent midterm elections, many found that they could not vote as they had been purged.
Gov.-elect Brian Kemp also supports the new bill. According to AJC, he has said that it helps prevent fraud and ensures accurate voter rolls.