US district judge Steve C. Jones ruled that a voting rights advocacy group founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams is asking him improperly to interpret state law. Judge Jones said the group has failed to prove that people who have been removed had their constitutional rights violated.
Jones also ordered Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, go the extra mile to warn people that they had been removed. Jones is singling out a southwest Georgia state House district where a 28 January special election is scheduled. Voters there who have been removed had only until last Monday to re-register.
In October 2019, Raffensperger released a list of over 313,000 voters whose registrations were at risk of being canceled. Fair Fight Action, a voting rights group, had requested this purge be stopped.
This is a hot topic in Georgia due to the gubernatorial race between Kemp and Abrams. Kemp, the sitting Secretary of State prior to his snag of the Governor’s mansion, oversaw voter purges during his time as Secy, which many demanded was unfair and gave him a noteworthy advantage.
Over 1.4 voter registrations were canceled in Georgia between 2012 and 2018.