In some states, bureaucracy can affect voter registration applications. In Georgia, in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections, some 53,000 registrations were placed on “pending” status by the secretary of state because of an “exact match” policy that flags even a minor misspelling or missing hyphen (but didn’t warn voters there was a problem). Just four days before the election, a federal judge intervened to stop it — but applicants in pending status were still required to prove eligibility, including U.S. citizenship. While establishing eligibility may seem minor, it can be a problem if you can’t get to your birth certificate or passport on short notice.
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