Georgia removes more than 100,000 names from electoral rolls
The deleted voter files are “obsolete and obsolete”, according to the statement, which indicates that since the 2020 elections, Raffensperger has “made it a priority to continue the process of maintaining the lists”.
The effort to remove 101,789 names from Georgia’s voter registers marks the first time the state has conducted a “major cleanup” since 2019, but Georgia routinely removes voter registers of convicted felons and the dead on on a monthly basis, according to the release.
“The 101,789 obsolete voter files that will be deleted include 67,286 voter files associated with a national change of address form submitted to the US Postal Service; 34,227 voters’ files whose electoral mail was returned to the sender; and 276 who had no contact with election officials for at least five years, “the statement read.” In each of these cases, the individual had no contact with election officials in Georgia – either directly or through the Driver Services Department – for two general elections. “
The full list of “obsolete and obsolete” names that are being removed has been publicly released with the statement.
In addition to the “obsolete and obsolete” files, Georgia also deleted “18,486 voter files of deceased persons based on information received from the Georgia Office of Vital Records and the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC ), an interstate partnership of 30 states and the District of Columbia focused on maintaining accurate voters lists, ”the statement said.
In her statement, Raffensperger lashes out at voting rights lawyer Stacey Abrams, the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
“This is why I fought and beat Stacey Abrams in court in 2019 to delete nearly 300,000 outdated voter records ahead of the November election, and I will do it again this year,” Raffensperger said.
Georgia emerged as a major battleground state in the last election and hosted two crucial races that determined the balance of the US Senate.
This story has been updated with additional details and context.
CNN’s Kelly Mena, Fredreka Schouten, Dianne Gallagher, Pamela Kirkland and Veronica Stracqualursi contributed to this report.