ATLANTA, Ga (AP) — A federal lawsuit claims Georgia’s voter registration process violates the Voting Rights Act and has prevented tens of thousands of people from being able to register to vote – many of them minorities.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Gainesville says a state policy causes voter registration applications to be rejected if the submitted information doesn’t exactly match that in databases maintained by the Georgia Department of Driver Services or the Social Security Administration.
The lawsuit says that for multiple reasons the records may not match, including data entry errors, typos or elections officials misreading applicants’ handwriting. Hyphenated and maiden names or initials can also cause problems.
The office of Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the state’s top elections official, did not immediately return an email seeking comment Wednesday.