Judge lets Georgia cancel registrations of 300,000 ‘inactive’ voters

A federal judge on Monday cleared the way for Georgia election officials to purge roughly 300,000 inactive voters from the state’s rolls.

An organization called Fair Fight Action had requested that U.S. District Judge Steve Jones block the removal of 120,000 people who remained residents but had not voted in years.

The rest of the inactive voters being purged had moved away.

Judge Jones said he would further consider the matter on Thursday, but in the meantime the state could move forward with canceling the registrations.

By Tuesday the secretary of state’s office aims to reduce the number of registered voters in the state from about 7.4 million to 7.1 million.

Georgia’s “use it or lose it” law lets election officials cancel the registrations of voters who have not participated in elections for several years.

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