The voter registration deadline is fast approaching. October 9 is the last day to register to vote in the midterm elections.
The Brennan Center for Justice informs us that voter purges are occurring at a high rate in Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina.
Purges are commonly used to clean up voter lists when someone has moved, passed away, and more. However, too often names identified for removal are determined by faulty criteria that wrongly suggests a voter be deleted from the rolls.
In Florida from November 2012 to November 2014, the purge rate was 3.6 percent. From December 2016 and September 2018, Florida has purged more than 7 percent of its voters. The biggest areas where purging has occurred include: Hendry, Hardee, Palm Beach and Okaloosa Counties that have purged more than 10 percent of their voters in the last two years.
Over the past two years, the purge rate in Georgia was 10.6 percent. During that same time period, North Carolina purged 11.7 percent of its voter rolls.
Check your registration status to make sure that you’re still on the rolls. The Charlotte County Supervisor of Elections can be reached on 941-833-5400.