By: Tadi Abedje
Georgia is one of the swing states that gave Joe Biden the presidency and Democrats control in the House and Senate. It took a lot of work despite the COVID-19 pandemic and voter suppression during the 2020 election to make it a reality.
It was in large part due to activists and Stacey Abrams, who turned her 2018 gubernatorial loss to Brian Kemp into an opportunity to get people to the polls.
But their work isn’t done, as almost all eligible Georgians have been registered to vote, according to an article on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Since 2016, the number of voters in Georgia have increased because of its automatic voter registration.
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission published its biennial report recently, and have found that the state of Georgia has 7,194,889 active registered voters, with voter turnout over five million.
However, the majority of those who did not register are not eligible to vote because of the crimes they committed. For example, in 2019, 265,860 people in the Peach State did not vote because of their felony sentences, according to the think tank Reform Georgia website.
This is happening at a time when Republicans in the state are passing laws that would limit the amount of voting. It is in reaction to the 2020 election which turned out to be one of the highest turnouts in the history of America.
There were eight states that had more people registered to vote than Georgia, which includes Illinois, New Hampshire and Maine.