Clerical error? Letter threatens to drop voters from rolls

8:15 AM, Jun 18, 2012   |    comments
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(AP file)

ATLANTA -- Senior Citizen James Brown is a faithful voter along with many others at the Atrium high rise in College Town.  Imagine the surprise receiving a letter saying they were being purged form the election rolls because "the address you previously provided the Fulton County Registration and Elections Department ...was located in a building that no longer exists."

"It said that I was not longer eligible to vote because the address I gave doesn't exist anymore, yet the letter was mailed to me at this address," Brown said. 

Brown and others later received a second letter that included an apology admitting a clerical error.  Apparently, it was believed the Atrium had been demolished.

"Our building is still very much here and standing," Brown said. "There was another high rise demolished over on McDaniel Street, but not us. How did they make that mistake?"

Brown and others have enlisted the help of state Sen. Vincent Fort, because they're worried there may be the same sort of confusion when they show up at the polls.

"From what I understand, 3,000 people got the lettter and 1,200 who didn't respond were going to be purged," Fort said. "I want assurances that they are still eligible to vote, and I want to know how many other people may have received these bogus warning letters."

Brown is laughing about the incident more than anything.

"I'm still puzzled how you can spend time and postage to send me a letter to my address to tell me my address doesn't exist," Brown said. "I just don't get it."

11Alive News left phone messages and emails for both the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections and the Secretary of State's Office. No one has responded.

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