The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia sued the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections on behalf of Stacey Hopkins, a registered voter and Atlanta resident who was sent an illegal purge notice from election authorities after she moved within the same county. Even though Hopkins filed a change-of-address form with the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), she received a threatening notice that she would be deemed “inactive” if she did not take steps to maintain her registration.
Under state law, registered voters who inform USPS that they have moved within the same county must have their voter registration information automatically updated without requiring further action on the voter’s part. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 also prohibits these kinds of purge notices to voters who move within the same county.
The ACLU of Georgia’s lawsuit asked the Fulton County Superior Court to compel voting authorities to update Hopkins’ address and the addresses of all other voters who moved within the county as soon as possible well in advance of this year’s elections. Media reports indicated that similar notices had been sent out to hundreds of thousands of voters across the state.
On July 11, 2017, the ACLU of Georgia had sent a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp and the Fulton County Board of Elections and Registration demanding an explanation for why Stacey Hopkins, a registered voter and Atlanta resident, received a notice suggesting that she would be purged from the rolls if she did not take steps to maintain her registration.