The state of Georgia intends to remove 313,243 votes from its voter rolls. The media claims this is a massive purge to suppress voters, but it is nothing like that. In fact, federal law requires Georgia clean up its voters rolls. In 2017, Georgia tossed over 500,000 voters. It had been enjoined from doing so by a federal judge since 2015. So Georgia, in 2017, was removing voters for the years 2007 to 2010.
If that confuses you, let me explain.
Under Georgia law, the voter lists can only be purged in odd numbered years. Additionally, the rolls can only be purged if a voter has had no contact with boards of elections for five years, then the state must wait an additional two years for a total of seven years. So a voter purged in 2017 is a voter who has not voted in the previous seven years.
The number was so large because the federal court enjoined the state in 2015 preventing the purge of 2014 and 2015 data, which corresponded to 2007 and 2008. When the state purged the data in 2017, it had voters who had not voted going back to 2007 on it. The high number corresponds both to multiple years and also the 2007 to 2010 period was the Obama era with a massive increase in voter registration drives that got people registered who then never voted.
The current purge of 313,243 people is deceptive.
The number is actually better broken down this way:
192,682 people who have either moved out of state or had mail returned to the state of Georgia as undeliverable. So yes, some of the people may still live in Georgia and just had no forwarding address. But that will most likely be 50,000 people or less. Also, they will not have voted since 2011.
The remaining 120,561 people to be purged are people who were notified that this would happen and never responded in seven years and never voted in seven years. In other words, these voters have not been seen at the polls since 2011. The state notified them they needed to either tell the local board of elections they still wanted to vote or just show up at a voting location on election day in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, or 2018. They never did.
That is the reality of what is happening. Again, federal law requires Georgia clean up its rolls. It is complying with the law.