Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger intends to take away 101,789 “out of date and outdated” voter recordsdata from the state’s voter registration rolls, his workplace introduced.
“Ensuring Georgia’s voter rolls are updated is vital to making sure the integrity of our elections,” Raffensperger stated in a assertion. “That’s the reason I fought and beat Stacey Abrams in courtroom in 2019 to take away almost 300,000 out of date voter recordsdata earlier than the November election, and can achieve this once more this yr. Backside line, there is no such thing as a authentic motive to maintain ineligible voters on the rolls.”
The greater than 100,000 voter recordsdata set to be eliminated embrace 67,286 voter recordsdata linked to a Nationwide Change of Handle type submitted to the U.S. Postal Service, 34,227 voter recordsdata that had election mail returned to sender and almost 300 that had no contact with elections official for 2 normal elections.
Raffensperger’s workplace touted the cleanup as “the primary main cleansing of the voter rolls since 2019.”
Raffensperger additionally eliminated 18,486 voter recordsdata of useless folks in accordance with Georgia’s Workplace of Very important Information and the 30-state Digital Registration Info Heart.
“These folks don’t stay in Georgia anymore. Then you may have 18,000 individuals who handed. So they don’t seem to be going to be voting anymore. You should have correct voter rolls and correct record upkeep. It additionally helps your county election administrators,” Raffensperger informed Atlanta’s WSB-TV.
Officers say the periodic voter roll cleanup is required by legislation, in accordance with WSB-TV. Raffensberger’s workplace additionally revealed a listing of all 101,789 names and gave Georgians 40 days to take motion if their title is wrongly included.
Earlier this yr, Georgia was embroiled in controversy over state Republicans’ new election legislation that requires stricter identification verification for absentee ballots, legalizes poll drop containers and shrinks the window for absentee ballots to be requested, amongst different provisions.
Earlier than that, Raffensperger and former president Donald Trump have been at odds over Trump’s loss in Georgia. Now, Trump is endorsing a bid by Rep. Jody Hice to oust Raffensperger in subsequent yr’s Republican main.
Fox Information’ Tyler Olson, Paul Steinhauser, Mike Emanuel and Cameron Cawthorne contributed to this report.