The Georgia secretary of state’s office announced Thursday that it would reinstate about 22,000 voters that it had removed from the rolls earlier this week.
The announcement came two hours before state attorneys returned to federal court to defend the cancellation of more than 300,000 voter registrations Monday night.
Those reinstated to “inactive” voting status will have until the next state-scheduled update to the voter list in 2021 to contact election officials or vote to become “active.”
Josh Belinfante, an attorney representing Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, told U.S. District Judge Steve Jones that the office chose to re-evaluate when a voter’s inactivity started after receiving documents from a voting rights organization that is suing the state.
Jones is considering whether to restore the registrations of about 120,000 infrequent voters who were removed from the state’s voting rolls Monday night.