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The election is more than a week away, but voter registration issues are already popping up for tens of thousands of Georgians -- including one woman with Boston ties.
CNN reported yesterday an identification mismatch in the state caused the purging of 50,000 registered voters. About 4,500 of them have had their US citizenship questioned, among them Kyla Berry, who was born in the Hub:
"College senior Kyla Berry was looking forward to voting in her first presidential election, even carrying her voter registration card in her wallet.
But about two weeks ago, Berry got disturbing news from local election officials.
'This office has received notification from the state of Georgia indicating that you are not a citizen of the United States and therefore, not eligible to vote,' a letter from the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections said.
But Berry is a U.S. citizen, born in Boston, Massachusetts. She has a passport and a birth certificate to prove it."
The report isn't the first news of clerical errors that could possibly thwart eligible voters from casting ballots on Nov. 4. Earlier this month, the New York Times reported tens of thousands of eligible voters in several swing states had been removed from rolls or blocked from registering:
"Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to a review of state records and Social Security data by The New York Times.
The actions do not seem to be coordinated by one party or the other, nor do they appear to be the result of election officials intentionally breaking rules, but are apparently the result of mistakes in the handling of the registrations and voter files as the states tried to comply with a 2002 federal law, intended to overhaul the way elections are run."