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Georgia’s Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger plans to remove 101,789 “obsolete and obsolete” voter records from the state’s electoral rolls, his office said.
“Keeping Georgia’s electoral rolls up to date is critical to ensuring the integrity of our elections,” Raffensperger said in a statement. “That’s why I fought and defeated Stacey Abrams in court in 2019 to remove nearly 300,000 obsolete voter records ahead of the November election, and I will do so this year. The bottom line is that there is no legitimate reason to keep ineligible voters on the lists. “
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Of more than 100,000 voter records to be removed, there are 67,286 voter records linked to a national change of address form submitted to the U.S. Postal Service, 34,227 voter records that had election mail returned to the sender, and nearly 300 that did not Contact the election officer for two parliamentary elections.
Raffensperger’s office touted the purge as “the first major purge of the electoral roll since 2019”.
Raffensperger also removed 18,486 voter records from the dead, according to Georgia’s Office of Vital Records and the 30-State Electronic Registration Information Center.
“These people don’t live in Georgia anymore. Then you have 18,000 people who passed. So you will not vote anymore. They must have accurate voter lists and proper list maintenance. It also helps your district returning officers. ”Raffensperger told WSB-TV from Atlanta.
Officials say regular electoral roll-out is required by law, according to WSB-TV. Raffensberger’s office also released a list of all 101,789 names and gave Georgians 40 days to take action if their name was incorrectly given.
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Earlier this year, Georgia was embroiled in a controversy over the state republican New Electoral law which, among other things, requires stricter identity checks for postal ballot papers, legalizes ballot boxes and reduces the window for applying for postal ballot papers.
Previously, Raffensperger and former President Donald Trump were at odds over Trump’s loss in Georgia. Now Trump supports an offer from Rep. Jody Hice To oust Raffensperger in the Republican primary next year.
Fox News’ Tyler Olson, Paul Steinhauser, Mike Emanuel and Cameron Cawthorne contributed to this report.