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Are dead people among the names in Wisconsin voter roll purge?

Posted: 8:40 PM, Jan 31, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-12 17:12:03-05
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The ongoing legal battle to remove hundreds of thousands of voters from the state's voter rolls continues. PolitiFact Wisconsin checks a claim about whether dead people are among the names on that list.

Democrats and Republicans have been at odds over the removal of more than 200-thousand names from the voter roll.

"Republicans want to purge these voters immediately, while Democrats are in favor of a more methodical approach," said Eric Litke with PolitiFact Wisconsin. "Against this background, Republican Bob Spindell part of the Wisconsin Elections Commission said in a TV interview that the list being debated now includes people who have died."

PolitiFact Wisconsin says this process started in October when the Wisconsin Elections Commission sent a letter to about 230,000 people asking them to verify their address.

"Their names came from a database that had already been culled for people who were known to have died," said Litke, "or who had registered elsewhere."

PolitiFact Wisconsin says there's an important caveat with Spindell's claim. The Elections Commission updates the so-called 'purge list' once a month.

"So since October, 21,000 people have been taken off that list of 230,000 that group includes 1000 people who have died. So the list currently being debated doesn't include people who have died," said Litke.

PolitiFact Wisconsin rates this claim -- Mostly False.

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