Federal judge lets Georgia voter roll purge proceed

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ATLANTA (AP) – A federal judge is letting Georgia proceed with a mass purge of its voting rolls Monday evening.

But the judge also scheduled a hearing Thursday to hear more arguments about it.

That decision came after a lawyer for the state assured him that if the judge finds later that some people should not have been removed, they can be easily and quickly reinstated.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in October released a list of over 313,000 voters whose registrations were at risk of being canceled.

Fair Fight Action, a voting rights group founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams, had asked for the purge to be halted.

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – The Georgia Secretary of State believes the purge of voting rolls is a necessary update ahead of the 2020 election.

Last week, GA Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger visited Savannah to promote the state’s new voting system.

He told News 3 his office would simply be updating voter registration lists.

“It’s not voter purging because first of all Federal and State law requires you to have your voter rolls up to date. What we did in Georgia this past session – they passed a bill that allows voters to stay in for an additional two years so you’re looking at people have not contacted the voter office or voted since 2012 – so in 2020 that will be 8 years.”

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

A hearing is scheduled for Thursday before a final decision is made about purging the voter rolls.


ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) – A federal judge is holding a hearing on Georgia’s planned mass purge of its voting rolls, following an emergency request from a voting rights group founded by Democrat Stacey Abrams.

U.S. District Judge Steve Jones had ruled Monday morning that the purge should be on hold until a Thursday hearing, but he later decided to hold the hearing Monday afternoon.

Fair Fight Action in U.S. District Court hours before the secretary of state’s office planned to begin the purge of inactive voter registrations.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in October released a list of over 313,000 voters whose registrations were at risk of being canceled. 

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