DeKalb County Elections Office sends no-contact notices to voters facing inactive status

A sign directs voters to the Oakhurst Baptist Church polling location in Decatur on Jan. 5, 2021. Photo by Dean Hesse.

DeKalb County, GA — Last week, DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections mailed “no-contact” notices to individuals who have not had contact with the elections system in the last five years. This is a statewide effort that is required of all elections offices, according to a press release from DeKalb County.

Voters who received these notices are encouraged to update their voter registration information immediately ahead of the 30-day deadline to prevent being listed as inactive in the state’s voter rolls. Inactive voters have all the rights and privileges of an active voter through the next two general elections in 2022 and 2024.

If a voter participates in any voter registration or election activity in upcoming election cycles an inactive status will update to active. If a voter remains inactive then they will be cancelled from the state’s voter registration roll and will be ineligible to vote beyond the 2024 general election.

Across Georgia, 185,000 voters are receiving these notices. DeKalb Voter Registration and Elections Director Erica Hamilton said, in a press release, that about 18,000 voters in the county will receive these notices in their mailboxes.

“We know some of these individuals may have moved out of state or are no longer eligible to vote in Georgia,” said Hamilton in a press release. “However, we also know there may be voters who just have not participated in a recent election. Voters who have not cast a ballot in the last five years and want to remain active in the system should immediately complete and return the notice to our office.”

To view the entire list, visit the Secretary of State website.

Visit the My Voter Page to check your voter registration status.

For more information, contact the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 404-298- 4020, visit DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections website.

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