Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced 101,789 “obsolete and outdated” entries from the state’s voters list. Raffensperger’s office touted the cleanup as “the first major cleaning of the voter rolls since 2019.”
Ensuring The Integrity Of Elections
Raffensperger issued a statement on their move to update the state voters list. “Making sure Georgia’s voter rolls are up to date is key to ensuring the integrity of our elections.
That is why I fought and beat Stacey Abrams in court in 2019 to remove nearly 300,000 obsolete voter files before the November election, and will do so again this year. Bottom line, there is no legitimate reason to keep ineligible voters on the rolls,” he said.
The 109,789 voter names include 67,286 voter files linked to a National Change of Address form submitted to the US Postal Service. It also includes 34,227 voter files that had election mail returned to sender.
In addition, it also contains nearly 300 voters that haven’t made any contact with election officials for the last two general elections. Finally, Raffensperger also removed 18,486 voter files of dead people. The numbers are according to Georgia’s Office of Vital Records and the 30-state Electronic Registration Information Center.
They Don’t Live In Georgia Anymore
Raffensperger told Atlanta’s WSB-TV about the need to update the voter’s list. “These people don’t live in Georgia anymore. Then you have 18,000 people who passed.
So they are not going to be voting anymore. You need to have accurate voter rolls and proper list maintenance. It also helps your county election directors,” he said.
Besides, the law requires a periodic voter roll cleanup. This is why Raffensberger’s office published a list of all 101,789 names. The state gave actively voting Georgians 40 days to contest their inclusion if they find their name on the list.
Stricter Voter Verification
Earlier this year, controversy surrounded Georgia state Republicans’ new election laws. The new measures required stricter identity verification for absentee ballots. It also legalized ballot drop boxes and shrinks the window for requests for absentee ballots.
Prior to the new laws and during the 2020 Presidential elections, Raffensperger sat in the center of controversy. Former President Donald Trump questioned Georgia’s election results that saw him lose the state to eventual winner President Joe Biden by 12,670 votes.
Now, Trump is endorsing a bid by Representative Jody Hice to oust Raffensperger in next year’s Republican primary.
Watch the 11Alive video reporting that roughly 100,000 ‘obsolete and outdated’ Georgia voter files to be removed:
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