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Tomorrow is the last day to register to vote in Georgia. With that in mind, it might be worth checking on the status of your voter registration.
According to investigative journalist Greg Palast, who threatened federal suit against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp to obtain the list of names purged from voter rolls in 2017, over half a million individuals – one in ten Georgia voters – had their names stricken from the list of those eligible to vote.
Kemp’s camp has defended the move stating the names removed from the roll are individuals who have left the state; however, Palast takes umbrage with that claim.
“I brought in one of the nation’s top mailing database experts, Mark Swedlund, and his team to go through the list, name by name,” he wrote. “Among the voters purged are thousands who supposedly left the state but remain in Georgia. Thousands more are people who moved from one end of town to another and lost their vote — and we even found one who simply moved from one apartment to another in the same building.”
There are several events being held today to help new voters register. Rapper Tip “T.I.” Harris will be hosting one event, organized by Black Lives Matter Atlanta, where the community will be invited to a neighborhood BBQ. “[he will] remind the Atlanta Community to register to vote and make voting a way of life,” according to program materials.
To check on the status of your voter registration, or to register for the first time, click here. The deadline to register is tomorrow, and registration is required to vote in the November midterms.