If you haven’t voted in recent General Elections in Chattooga County, you might be getting a notice in the mail from the Chattooga County Registrar Office.
The Registrar Office told WZQZ News on Thursday that notices have been mailed to voters with all the instructions they need to maintain their voter registration in Georgia.  The Registrar Office says voters who have been inactive through two General Election cycles are having their voter registration cancelled – per state law.

You can always check your voter registration at the  the Secretary of State’s My Voter Page (https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do) by signing in with their first initial, last name, date of birth, and county.  If it does not return any results, they can contact their local registrars office.  (Obviously for Chattooga County that would be us, but if you’re talking about a voter in another county, it would be a different office.)

The Chattooga County Registrar Office offered more information:

As part of list maintenance, which the Chattooga County Registrar Office is  required by state and federal law to perform, voters who have been Inactive through two General Elections are cancelled for no activity.  With changes from House Bill 316 (signed into law on April 2, 2019), we are providing notice to those individuals prior to the cancellation process.  If you are familiar with confirmation notices which we send out, this notice will look very similar.  Once the voter opens the notice, they are provided instructions on how to remain registered to vote.  The lower portion of the notice is a form they may fill out and return, postage paid.  They may either confirm their information (which changes their status back to Active), or they may update their information.  If they are still a resident of Georgia, they will move to Active status after the card has been processed.  If they indicate that they have moved out of state, then they are cancelled for the reason of moved out of state.  To be a registered voter in Georgia, you must also be a resident of Georgia.  If they do not respond to the request, or make any contact of any kind (complete a registration card/change of name or address form, confirmation notice, sign a petition, request an absentee ballot, vote), then they will be cancelled next month.
There are three ways a voter can be Inactive: returned mail, no activity, and National Change of Address (NCOA)
If the Registrar Office mails the voter official communication and it is returned undeliverable by the USPS, then we mail them a confirmation notice.  If that is also returned undeliverable or 40 days have passed without the confirmation notice being returned, then the voter is moved to Inactive status.
Inactivity used to be defined as 3 years with no activity.  HB316 changed the standard to no activity in 5 years.  Which means that for at least 5 years a voter who is inactive for reason of no activity has not made any contact with our office of any kind (petition, registration/change of name or addres forms, absentee ballot requests, casting a ballot, completing a confirmation notice).
In odd years, the Registrar Office mails out confirmation notices to individuals who have completed a change of address form with the United States Post Office but whose voter registration record does not reflect this change.  This provides voters the opportunity to update their information with us.  If they provide an out of county address, the Registrar Office forwards the notice to their new county so the registrars in that county will transfer them accordingly.  If these notices are returned undeliverable or are not returned after 40 days, then their status is changed to Inactive.  However, if the address they indicated at the USPS was an in-county address, even if the notice is never returned, the voter is not moved to Inactive.  This only applies to voters whose new address is in a different state or county.
The way the two general elections are defined for these purposes are general elections in even years.  In this case, it applies to voters who were Inactive through the 2016 and 2018 General Election cycles.  In other words, they were Inactive prior to 2016.
An Inactive voter is eligible to vote and voting will change the voter’s status to Active.