Politics

Investigation Looks At Missed Ga. Registration Deadlines, Uncounted Ballots

Atlanta voters wait in line to cast their ballots during the 2018 midterms. Thousands of ballots were not counted in the election because potential voters missed Georgia registration deadlines.
Atlanta voters wait in line to cast their ballots during the 2018 midterms. Thousands of ballots were not counted in the election because potential voters missed Georgia registration deadlines.
Credit David Goldman / Associated Press file

Thousands of ballots in Georgia were not counted in the 2018 midterms because potential voters missed registration deadlines.

That’s one finding in a new investigation by WABE and APM Reports.

Registration deadlines are an often overlooked part of American elections.

But our investigation found they have done more to keep people from voting — especially young voters and people of color — than more controversial rules.

States that have the strictest deadlines, like Georgia, tend to be competitive, controlled by Republicans, and they are likely to decide the 2020 presidential contest.

For our “Uncounted” series, about the ballots rejected in the 2018 election, Johnny Kauffman has the story.