Georgia has experienced a surge in its voter rolls due at least in part to an automatic voter registration, which allows qualified residents to more easily register, or update, their information with local elections boards.
According to a recent paper released by The Brennan Center for Justice entitled “AVR Impact on State Voter Registration” by Kevin Morris and Peter Dunphy, Georgia has seen a 93.7 percent increase in voter registration since enacting AVR in the state in 2016.
Of the 15 states (and the District of Columbia) who have instituted some form of AVR, Georgia’s registration numbers are the highest.
The report did not make a direct determination as to the cause behind the high numbers, but “Georgia officials reported instead that the increase could be attributed to the active role that Georgia DDS employees take in encouraging drivers’ license applicants to register, among other things.”
According to the report, the state registered an average of about 12,160 new voters a week. Without AVR, Georgia would have registered about 6,279 a week.
Georgia instituted its AVR program on Sept. 1, 2016, at all of the DMV locations within the state. Since that time, nearly 700,000 residents have been registered.
Between 2012 and 2018, more than a million people were removed from the voting rolls in the state because they had ceased to be active voters.