The New Georgia Project and others sued Secretary of State Brian Kemp last week alleging 47,867 voter registration applications they submitted cannot be found. CBS46 called the elections offices in the five counties in question and here is what they found:
And this from the article on CBS46’s website:
After a paper application is turned in, the county has to input the applications information to the system. The system will then attempt to verify the information and approve the registration. If approved the voter is added to the voter list.
If an application cannot be verified, or if it cannot be input into the system for verification due to an error or missing information, it is placed on the pending list and a letter is supposed to be sent to the applicant at the address on the application.
That puts the applicant on a 40-day clock. If they do not respond to the letter in that window, the application is discarded and the name pulled from the pending list.
This is where the problems begin; according to DeKalb County they have discarded roughly 1,700 applications in this manner.
Even if all 1,700 applications were from people approached by the New Georgia Project during their registration drive, there is still nearly 6,000 missing applications.
Either DeKalb County has misplaced the applications, or the New Georgia Project’s claims are not accurate.
So what’s going on here?