That’s the word from DeKalb Elections Supervisor Maxine Daniels.
Daniels said that a mass e-mail that has been circulating about purging the voter rolls is wrong and is not based on the law.
“There is a lot of misconceptions about purging the voter list,” she told members of the DeKalb League of Women Voters at the June 13 monthly meeting.
Daniels said her office has received a lot of telephone calls saying that voters who haven’t voted since 2008 have been purged from the list.
“That is not correct,” she said.
Of DeKalb’s 453,570 registered voters, 57,600 of them were listed as inactive, meaning that they have not voted in eight years – or in two consecutive general elections.
Daniels said that those voters can become “active” again by participating in one election.
In Georgia, the voter list is purged in odd years, and Daniels said the list was last purged in 2011 of people who had been inactive since 2003.
“A voter who has not done anything, not voted, not signed a petition, not done anything in more than four years goes on an inactive status,” she said.
“Nobody is being purged in 2012,” she said. “People who voted in 2008 are not even in inactive status. It takes eight years to purge somebody from the files for inactivity.”
In a statement posted on the DeKalb Elections Web site, Daniels said that there has been no change in Georgia’s election codes and that the statement that voters who have not voted since November 2008 must re-register to vote this year is completely false.
She said that voters who have not had any activity (voted, changed addresses, sent in a duplicate registration, signed a petition) for the preceding three calendar years are sent a notice to confirm that they are still qualified registrants at the address.
“If the voter returns the card confirming the information, the registration status remains active,” she said.
“If the voter neither returns the card nor updates the registration information, his/her status is changed to inactive in the system. An inactive voter still can vote in the same manner as active voters and upon voting, the status will be restored to active.”
Daniels said that electors who last voted in 2008 are still on the active voting list that was 395,970 as of June 4.
“Voters who were moved to inactive status would have not voted since 2007,” she said.
“In short, it takes eight years of inactivity for a voter to be purged from the system. Anyone who voted in 2008 would not have been in inactive status and, thus, not eligible for removal in 2011. Those voters who were removed in 2011 had not had activity since 2003.”
Among those purged in 2011 were deceased voters and felons.
For new registrations, Daniels said citizenship verification is now required in Georgia and that records are checked overnight against the Division of Driver Services database.
If verification fails, applicants are notified and have 30 days to provide various documents – birth certificates, U.S. passport, naturalization certificates and the like – to prove citizenship.