Voters with ineligible addresses may be removed from voter registration list
AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -
Out of Richmond County's 109,000
registered voters, 33 do not live at the address where they have their voter
registration, according to Lynn Bailey the Director of the Board of Elections.
Bailey says that Georgia law requires
a person to be registered at the place where they have their habitat.
Even though some of the 33 people did
vote in the past election, Bailey says she don't suspect any voter fraud.
"In not a single instance did a
person not register to vote from an address that was vacant," she said.
Instead, Bailey says it looks like
people changed homes but didn't change their registration.
"They were registered to vote and
there was a house there and then they moved and then the house was gone and
they didn't change their registration," said Bailey.
About one third of the people
registered under ineligible addresses are registered at what are now empty
lots; such as the Berckmans Road parking lot for the Masters Tournament and
abandoned lots in the Laney Walker district.
The other two thirds of people who are
under scrutiny are registered under a business address. Of those, about a dozen
voters are registered at the UPS locations on Wrightsboro Road and Washington
Bailey says that happened when voters
renewed their driver's license with their mailing address and that carried over
onto their voter registration.
So far, the board has mailed two
letters to the individuals, asking them to update their registration
information. But now they're advising them to come before the board for a
"By setting up a hearing it's challenging these
individuals eligibility to be a registered voter in Georgia. So we'll send the
notices out, we'll invite these people to come in and talk to us and explain
their situation to us and the board will determine whether to keep them on the
list here or not," said Bailey.
Bailey says the hearing will be at the Board of Elections
meeting on February 11 and if the people are considered ineligible they will be
removed from the list of voters.
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