Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Stumbo’s Notice to Voters Erroneously Purged
Attorney General Greg Stumbo announced today that eligible voters who may have erroneously been purged by the State Board of Elections and Secretary of State’s Office will be permitted to vote in tomorrow’s primary election.
The purge took place on April 10th and 11th, based on a comparison of voter databases in Tennessee and South Carolina. The Attorney General’s Office asserts that such a systematic purge must be completed more than 90 days before a primary election.
The State Board of Election and Secretary of State agreed that the law concerning “clerical errors” shall apply for tomorrow’s election. An eligible voter whose name was purged may prove his or her residency, sign an oath and be permitted to vote.
“We are pleased that we reached an agreement with the State Board of Elections and Secretary of State to protect voters’ rights,” said Attorney General Greg Stumbo. “We will continue to seek to clarify the law regarding systematic purges of voters. However, this Agreed Order assures eligible voters’ the right to exercise their rights on primary election day, while still guarding against any potential voter fraud.”
The Agreed Order does not end the Attorney General’s suit seeking to restore the entire list of 8,105 voters whose names were purged from voter rolls.