Existing Georgia code requires voters in state elections to be U.S. citizens, but Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger wants to take that a step further.
He’s calling on the General Assembly to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot for voters that would make the citizenship requirement for voting part of the Georgia constitution.
“Voting is a sacred responsibility for American citizens, and everyone should agree that only American citizens should vote,” Raffensperger said during a Wednesday news conference at the Capitol. “If you’re not opposed to the existing Georgia code that requires voters to be citizens, there is no reason not to enshrine it in the constitution of the state of Georgia.”
Raffensperger said he anticipates a court battle over the proposed amendment, but he’s ready for it.
A 2008 paper from @caltech and @MIT looking at data trends found “no evidence that voter identiﬁcation requirements reduce participation.”— GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (@GaSecofState) August 11, 2021
Opposition to voter ID is based on misinformation, not facts.https://t.co/bFN35RAaOD
His proposal comes as Georgia election officials are mailing notifications to more than 185,000 registered voters, starting a process that could ultimately result in them being removed from the voter rolls if they don’t take action.
The notices are being sent to people who haven’t participated in an election or had other contact with the state’s election system for the past five years.
That means they haven’t voted, asked for an absentee ballot, updated their registration by changing their address, signed a petition or renewed their driver’s license.
If the 185,666 people targeted by the notifications do not respond within 30 days, they will be classified as “inactive.” They will still be able to vote as usual while on the inactive list, and casting a ballot should move them back to the active voter list.
According to 11Alive, Georgia’s new absentee ballot request forms, created by Raffensperger’s office, now require voters to write down a Georgia driver’s license number or state identification card number.