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New Georgia Project

The New Georgia Project is a nonpartisan effort tot register and civically engage Georgians. Georgia's population is growing and becoming increasingly diverse. Over the past decade, the population of Georgia increased 18%. The New American Majority – people of color, those 18 to 29 years of age, and unmarried women – is a significant part of that growth. The New American Majority makes up 62% of the voting age population in Georgia, but they are only 53% of registered voters.
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Nsé Ufot's organization, New Georgia Project, was a powerhouse in voter registration and organizing for the 2020 election.

Reform in 2021: New Georgia Project agenda starts with voter empowerment

This is the seventh installment of an ongoing Q&A series.

As Democrats take power in Washington, if only tenuously, many democracy reform groups see a potential path toward making the American political system work better. In this installment, Nsé Ufot — CEO of the New Georgia Project and its political arm New Georgia Project Action Fund — answers our questions about 2020 accomplishments and plans for the year ahead. Her organization was at the heart of the Peach State's get-out-the-vote efforts for the November general election and January runoffs. Ufot's responses have been edited for clarity and length.

First, let's briefly recap 2020. What was your biggest triumph last year?

In 2020, we successfully organized for a huge increase in voter turnout in the June primaries, the November general, the January runoffs and the youth vote. More than 33,000 Georgians under 35 who didn't vote at all in the general election held in November voted early in the runoff election held in January. This includes more than 14,000 Black Georgians under 35. We completely changed the status quo of people not coming out to vote again and voting for the first time in a runoff election.

But what I consider our biggest triumph is the more than 13,000 volunteer shifts we were able to staff throughout the course of the year — underscoring the notion that we are the ones we have been waiting for, that we are the ones who will be tasked with building the new Georgia. Each and every one of us.

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Wisconsin's method of cleaning its voter registration list may disenfranchise a significant number of voters.

Voter purges put eligible Wisconsinites' rights at risk, new report finds

A new study suggests some voters in Wisconsin, particularly members of minority communities in that perennial tossup state, may lose their voting rights thanks to flaws in the state's process for maintaining registration lists.

At least 4 percent of Wisconsin voters' registrations were incorrectly flagged as out of date in 2018 because they were suspected of having moved but had not done so, Yale University researchers found.

Their report offers a number of caveats that demonstrate the incorrect labeling is likely higher than 4 percent. And in a place where the state Supreme Court is considering whether to purge 129,000 voters — and where the last two contests for presidential electors were each decided by fewer than 25,000 ballots — every registration is critical.

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