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A Look At Controversial Voter Purge Policy In Georgia

Scott James Matheson will replace outgoing Mayor John Gayle, who didn't seek another term.
Scott James Matheson will replace outgoing Mayor John Gayle, who didn't seek another term.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press file

In the United States, voting is optional.

Citizens aren’t required to cast ballots.

However, in some states, not voting can have its consequences.

One of those states is Georgia, which has purged people from its voter rolls — a “use it or lose it” policy.

For the latest story in our series “Uncounted” — the ballots rejected in Georgia’s 2018 midterms — WABE reporter  Johnny Kauffman looks at the controversial purging policy.

This is part of an investigation by WABE and APM Reports.