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BY: David Rutz
Georgia House Democrats are proposing a repeal of what they're calling an "undemocratic" law passed by the state's Democrats in the 1990s allowing the secretary of state to purge inactive voters from the rolls.
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Democratic House Minority Leader Bob Trammell brought the repeal legislation forward on Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
"With today’s technology, there’s no excuse that justifies making voting harder rather than simpler," he said. "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."
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Known as the "Use It or Lose It" law, the bill was passed by a Democratic legislature and signed into law by Georgia Gov. Zell Miller (D.) in 1997. During this year's contentious gubernatorial race between Republican secretary of state Brian Kemp and Democratic state senator Stacey Abrams, Abrams and progressives fumed over the cancellation of nearly 1.5 million voter registrations in Georgia since 2012, accusing Kemp of systematic voter suppression.
Kemp said he was implementing the law, which he supports. His defenders noted Georgia’s voter rolls increased more than 20 percent since 2010 and there was a surge in voter turnout in 2018, where Kemp defeated Abrams by less than two points in one of the closest gubernatorial races in state history.
Journal-Constitution - Registration - Years
The Journal-Constitution noted that canceling a registration takes at least six years:
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