Chalis Montgomery Supports State’s Partial Reversal on Voter ‘Purges’

The state of Georgia quietly announced Friday that it would end the practice of sending notices giving voters 30 days to update their address or be purged from voter rolls.

Under a “voter list maintenance” policy, the state has already gotten rid of tens of thousands of voters—even those who moved within the county in which they are registered. It is for these voters that the state’s reversal applies.

“Many voters in the 10th District have been receiving threatening and disenfranchising purge letters from the state of Georgia,” said Chalis Montgomery, a Democrat running against incumbent Rep. Jody Hice. “Thanks to the concerted effort of Georgia voter protection advocates and voting rights organizations, including the ACLU of Georgia, our state government is reversing course, and stopping an effort that will reduce voter participation among eligible Georgia voters.”

Between 2014 and 2016, Georgia sent out registration confirmation notices to 1 million voters, according to a recent report from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. About 6 percent of those notices were accepted by the state as returned by voters. The state removed 732,800 people (12 percent of registered voters) from the rolls over the same time period.

State officials confirmed Friday that Georgia will immediately recognize as active nearly half of the 383,487 voters who received the notices in July as part of the state’s effort to “clean up” its voting rolls, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“This is a good step, but we have much more work to do to ensure eligible voters are able to freely and fairly exercise their voting rights,” Montgomery said. “As your representative in Congress, I will support a full restoration of the Voting Rights Act and support other measures to encourage and protect voting—a cornerstone of our democracy.”

For more information about Chalis Montgomery for Congress, please contact Communications Director Kimberly Davis at 706-406-5463 or kimberly@montgomery2018.com.

Collins Statement on DOJ Ending Operation Check Point

WASHINGTON—Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) today issued a statement on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to end Operation Choke Point:

“As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I have worked over the last several years to shed light on Operation Choke Point and to bring the misguided effort to a close. The program targeted legitimate businesses with which the Obama Administration took issue, harming these businesses and abusing federal authority in order to punish certain industries.

“I welcome the DOJ’s move to end Operation Choke Point and to correct a policy that was hostile to many businesses and to the Second Amendment.”

Powerball Jackpot Increases From $510M to $535M for Saturday’s Drawing

ATLANTA – As a result of brisk ticket sales, Georgia Lottery officials announced today that the Powerball estimated jackpot has been bumped from $510 million to $535 million for Saturday’s drawing.

The jackpot began rolling June 14 and has rolled 19 times.

Powerball offers two jackpot payment options: the $535 million jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments; or the cash option, which is approximately $340 million.

Powerball tickets are $2 per play.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Powerball will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corp. has returned more than $18.7 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.7 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.4 million 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

POWERBALL FAST FACTS

Draw Date: Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017

Estimated Jackpot Amount: $535 million
Annuity Amount: Jackpot prize paid over 29 years in 30 graduated payments
Cash Option Amount: Approximately $340 million
Cost to Play: $2 per play; an additional $1 per play to add the Power Play multiplier
Drawings: 11 p.m. (ET) every Wednesday and Saturday
Overall Odds of Winning Any Prize: Approximately 1:24.87
Odds of Winning Jackpot Prize: Approximately 1:292 million
Date Jackpot Began Rolling: June 14, 2017
Number of Rolls: 19
Last Winning Jackpot Ticket: June 10, 2017 ($447.8M – California)
#1 Powerball Jackpot: Jan. 13, 2016 – $1.586 billion jackpot (Calif.; Fla.; and Tenn.)

For more information on the Georgia Lottery Corp. and Powerball, please visit: www.galottery.com and www.powerball.com 

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