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POSTED: November 3, 2012 12:00 p.m.

ATLANTA — Georgia election officials say they’ve been asked to look into concerns by a group representing Asian-Americans that hundreds of new voters are facing obstacles that could keep them from voting.

The Atlanta-based Asian American Legal Advocacy Center requested the review Wednesday, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Many of the voters are newly naturalized American citizens in Georgia who want to cast their first ballots in a U.S. election, officials with the group said.

The group maintains that some voters are missing from voting rolls, and that their registrations apparently have not been processed.
The secretary of state has received the request for intervention from the organization, spokesman Jared Thomas said Wednesday.

It’s not clear whether all Georgia counties met a state deadline late last week to process registration applications, the Journal-Constitution reported. The registration process is necessary to get a voter onto state rolls. A second issue involves voters who got flagged in the application process or while trying to vote.

“These are people who want to vote,” said Helen Kim Ho, executive director of the Asian American Legal Advocacy Center. “There seems to be a lack of commitment in getting new people and new citizens through the system.”

 

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