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Four Year - No Activity Card

Our office recently conducted its annual four year no activity mailing, as required under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 ("Motor Voter"). Since Motor Voter passed, voter registrations cannot be cancelled simply because a person did not vote. Instead, preliminary and final cancellations are based on mail that is returned to our office as undeliverable.

This year's mailing was sent to voters who have shown no activity in four years.  "Activity" includes:
  • Voting in any election
  • Registering or re-registering to vote
  • Updating your address or any other information
  • Requesting a new voter card

A postage-paid reply card is sent to your address, as indicated on our voter registration files.  Our office will also send notices to voters who have reported an address change to the Postal Service.


What if you receive a four year no activity card and the address is correct?

Check the box marked "I am the person named above and I still live at the address listed above."  Sign the card and return it to our office.  You will be sent a new voter card, and this will show up as activity on your voter registration record.

What if you receive a four year no activity card and the address is incorrect?

Check the box marked "I am the person named above but I no longer live at the address listed."  Fill in your new street address and sign the card.

If your new address is inside Clayton County, your voter registration record will be updated and you will receive a new voter card.  This will show up as activity on your voter registration record.

If your new address is outside Clayton County, your Clayton County voter registration will be cancelled.  This does not register you to vote in your new community.  You will need to contact your local voter registration office to register if you have not yet done so.

What if a four year no activity card is returned to our office as undeliverable by the Postal Service?

Your voter registration record will be placed on inactive status.  This is a preliminary step to cancellation of your record.  Voters whose cards are returned to our office in this year's mailing will remain on inactive status for two general elections. Voters who are inactivated in this year's mailing and do not re-register will be cancelled after the next presidential election.

What if I get a card at my house for someone who no longer lives here?

Check the box marked "The person to whom this card is addressed does not live at this address" and sign the card.  The person will be placed on inactive status.  If you know the person or they are a family member, you may wish to contact the person and ask them to contact our office. We cannot cancel a voter's record without the voter's own signature, unless:

  • we receive notice from another jurisdiction that the voter has registered there;
  • we receive notice that the voter has died or been convicted of a felony; or
  • the voter has been inactive through two general elections.

Our office also, as required by law, has mailed letters to voters who have recently been cancelled after being inactive through two general elections. If you receive one of these letters for someone who is no longer at your address, you do not need to take any additional action.

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Please contact our office at (563) 245-1106 with any questions.