“With any mailing you will have some incorrect addresses, so yes, we are aware of the situation,” Robinson said in an email statement to CNN on Tuesday.
Robinson said the group is simply attempting to encourage voter turnout.
“We encourage all voters who are eligible to exercise their right to vote, and if they are permitted to vote by mail to consider doing so,” Robinson said.
Jordan Fuchs, the Georgia deputy secretary of state and chief of staff to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, told CNN that the state’s voter list is available for purchase on the state website to any groups “for the purposes of outreach and education.”
Georgia has a primary runoff in August as well as the general election in November.
The mailers come as election officials across the country have been encouraging vote-by-mail as a pandemic safe option. For Georgia’s June primary, Raffensperger sent out nearly 7 million absentee ballot applications requests. For the November election and the August runoff, though, Raffensperger doesn’t plan to repeat the mailing, prompting third party groups to step in
Fuchs told CNN that Raffensperger decided against a similar mass mailing for August and November in order to cut down on some of the “hiccups” experienced in the primary, instead pushing for voters to request ballots on an absentee ballot website. The site will require voters go online to requests their ballot instead of filling out a paper form, like those used in the primary.
“Third parties on the left, right and nonpartisan groups are sending applications to various targeted groups. Data collected from voters on their request forms should be redirected to county elections offices, not third parties. Please mail all of your requests to your specific county elections office, ” said Walter Jones, Raffensperger’s voter education manager.
“This is not an uncommon practice by any means,” Chambers said. “But you certainly see campaigns sending out things to facilitate vote-by-mail, usually looking at smaller populations. Though I think we’re probably going to see bigger groups doing it this year.”