After 4,500 voter registrations were flagged by the system in Georgia for possible citizenship conflicts, the thousands of flagged voters in Georgia can vote, and perhaps apply to a total of 50,000 registrants flagged for other reasons.
Now, read the following carefully.
Shore said the ruling applies to the 4,500 Georgians that were flagged for citizenship reasons and she was uncertain whether it applied to the some 50,000 others that were flagged for other reasons.
The issue was raised in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Georgia college student who claimed that the secretary of state’s voter verification system violated the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act and caused an illegal purge of voters in the weeks before the election.
Federal law prohibits widespread voter purges within 90 days of the election. In Georgia, that has become a heated issue with some calling the purge “voter suppression.”
The Federal Election Law is the Federal Election Law, and the intent is clearly to protect valid voters from being corruptly blocked from voting by officials seeking to influence an election.
However, has anyone questioned whether it is legal to register to vote “within 90 days of the election”? And if so, doesn’t this make final weeks registrations (think ACORN, people) essentially somewhat bullet-proofed from the effects of scrutiny?
A closer reading and understanding of Georgia law is required to answer that question fully and equitably, but it is the first thing that came to mind, and would go a long way to explain the quadrennial ACORN rush, which was always intended to overwhelm the system. But are they leveraging more than just overwhelming the system with the 90-day no-purge law?
It begs an answer I pretend not to know, but strongly suspect.