A federal judge Friday refused an attempt to revive about 98,000 voters in Georgia to the U.S. state’s electoral rolls after they were eliminated earlier this month upon being classified as “inactive.”
Lead plaintiff Truthful Fight Action, a voting rights nonprofit, didn’t establish that the Georgia secretary of state’s determination to cancel the voter registrations had infringed the Constitution, U.S. District Judge Steve Jones stated in the ruling.
The judge, from the Northern District of Georgia, added that the secretary of state should make “diligent and reasonable” efforts to tell residents about registration, particularly those that have until Monday to re-register to vote in a January special election for a seat in the House of Representatives.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger greeted the decision, saying the state was ensuring that each eligible voter could vote.
Fair Fight Action, started by Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the last year’s race for governor to present Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, stated it was extra-legal options.
“The Court at this time declined to issue an order on the purge, however, expressed that it has a ‘serious concern that there must be a direct and accurate interpretation by the state court of HB 316’,” Lauren Groh-Wargo, chief executive at Honest Fight Action, stated.
The state’s practices have previously faced fire from national voting rights advocates. These include eradication of voter rolls and stringent guidelines requiring signs on mail-in votes.