Politics Trump Says 'We Won' Georgia After State Announces Purging of 100K Names From Voter Rolls
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Former President, who still maintains that he won the 2020 presidential election, said a recent decision to purge names of outdated voters from Georgia's rolls signifies that he carried the state.
Georgia has been at the center of Trump's anger over the election's results, and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger took particular heat from the former president for not doing more to overturn the results. Trump has failed to present any evidence that would turn the election in his favor but has vowed that incriminating information that exposes corruption in the voting will be unveiled.
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In a Tuesday statement, Trump criticized Georgia's decision to remove "obsolete and outdated" names from voter rolls after last November's election, noting the small margin of his loss.
"This means we (you!) won the presidential election in Georgia," Trump said in his statement.
Last Friday, Raffensperger announced that 101,789 voter files would be removed from Georgia's voter registration rolls, the first "major cleaning" of the rolls since 2019. The bulk of the names were associated with a change of address form or had election mail returned to the sender.
"Making sure Georgia's voter rolls are up to date is key to ensuring the integrity of our elections," Raffensperger said in a statement. "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."
Georgia Releases List of Thousands of Voters at Risk of Having Registration Canceled
"Making sure Georgia's voter rolls are up to date is key to ensuring the integrity of our elections," Raffensperger said in the press release. "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." He continued, "Bottom line, there is no legitimate reason to keep ineligible voters on the rolls." According to the press release, the 101,789 voters at risk of losing their registration include 67,286 voter files associated with a National Change of Address form submitted to the U.S.
It's not possible to conduct the list maintenance during a general election because federal law requires states to rely on voter rolls that may include some obsolete files, according to Raffensperger.
More than 18,000 voters were removed from Georgia's rolls last month after the state concluded that they died. While Trump has been adamant that deceased voters helped sway the election in's favor, Georgia officials said there was no record that any of those 18,000-plus voters purged from the rolls cast ballots in the November election, according to the Associated Press.
Trump won Georgia in the 2016 election by nearly 6 points, but last year he lost the state by less than a point, giving Biden 16 electoral votes.
Although Trump implied that removing voters before the election would have changed the results, Raffensperger has given no indication that is the case. Newsweek reached out to Raffensperger's office for comment but did not hear back before publication.
Georgia's Secretary of State says more than 100,000 names will be removed from state's voter record
Georgia, which voted for Biden in November, and sent two Democrats to the US Senate in January, has emerged as a battleground state.This mass removal, or voter "purge," mainly targeted those who filled out a change of address form (about 67,000) or had election mail returned (about 34,000), the AP reported. Voters can also be purged if they are declared "inactive" meaning they have not participated in an election in a certain number of years.
The former president appeared to concede the election during a recentinterview, where he acknowledged that he didn't win. But he later clarified to Newsmax that he has never "admitted defeat." He went on to say that he didn't think there has ever been a case where "hundreds of thousands of votes" were found.
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Republicans who embraced Trump's false fraud claims are challenging top GOP state officials who rebuffed Trump's efforts to subvert the election.After top Republicans refused to rig the state’s 2020 vote in his favor, he’s already inspired one primary challenge to Gov. Brian Kemp, and he’s endorsed another against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Wounded by two special election losses that cost the GOP control of the Senate, he’s also trying to coax Herschel Walker — a football legend in Georgia — to run for the seat that’s up again in 2022.