What you need to know about Ge­or­gia’s 53,000 pend­ing vot­ers

As Ge­or­gia’s elec­tion ap­proaches, more than 53,000 peo­ple who tried to sign up to vote haven’t been added to the state’s list of ac­tive vot­ers.

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These po­ten­tial vot­ers are in limbo be­cause elec­tion of­fi­cials couldn’t ver­ify in­for­ma­tion sub­mit­ted with reg­is­tra­tion ap­pli­ca­tions.

But they will still be al­lowed to cast bal­lots this year if they show photo ID that proves they’re el­i­gi­ble to vote.

The news that these Ge­or­gians’ reg­is­tra­tions are on hold cre­ated a con­tro­versy in the race for gover­nor this week, with Demo­crat Stacey Abrams ac­cus­ing Repub­li­can Sec­re­tary of State Brian Kemp of try­ing to sup­press votes, and Kemp call­ing it a “man­u­fac­tured cri­sis.” A law­suit filed Thurs­day by civil rights groups seeks to add pend­ing vot­ers to the state’s list of reg­is­tered vot­ers.

Here are some facts about Ge­or­gia’s 53,000 pend­ing vot­ers:

The At­lanta Jour­nal-Con­sti­tu­tion is part­ner­ing with the na­tional Elec­tion­land project to mon­i­tor any prob- lems with this year’s elec­tion, from long lines to voter reg­is­tra­tion is­sues.

Ge­or­gia vot­ers may re­port ob­sta­cles to vot­ing ei­ther on­line or through cell­phone apps as part of Elec­tion­land, a col­lab­o­ra­tion of news­rooms around the coun­try work­ing to in­volve more peo­ple in find­ing elec­tion dif­fi­cul­ties.

We’re look­ing for prob­lems in­clud­ing purged voter reg­is­tra­tions, mal­func­tion­ing vot­ing ma­chines, in­cor­rect bal­lots, voter in­timi- da­tion and changed vot­ing lo­ca­tions.

Vot­ers will be the key sources of in­for­ma­tion about chal­lenges to cast­ing a bal­lot in Ge­or­gia, and their tips will re­sult in news ar­ti­cles shin­ing light on these prob­lems.

You can sign up to par­tic­i­pate and re­port tips through your phone or com­puter:

■ Send a text mes­sage with the word “VOTE” or “VOTA” (for Span­ish lan­guage) to 81380

■ Use Face­book Messen- ger by vis­it­ing m.me/elec­tion­land.

■ Send a Tweet to @elec- tion­land.

■ Use What­sApp by send- ing the word “VOTE” or “VOTA” (for Span­ish lan­guage) to 1-850-909-8683.

In-per­son early vot­ing be­gins across Ge­or­gia on Mon­day, and Elec­tion Day is Nov. 6.

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