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Elections boss starts updating lists

Hernando Today

Published:   |   Updated: June 20, 2013 at 10:59 AM

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BROOKSVILLE - Supervisor of Elections Shirley Anderson often hears people ask what her office does when there are no elections.

If visitors to her office stopped by this week, they would see how busy she and her four-person staff are coordinating a state-mandated purging and revising of thousands of voter registration records to make sure they stay current and accurate.

This biennial task began recently and should take several months to complete, Anderson said.

People who have not voted in the past two federal general elections or who have not shown any activity in the voting process are being sent postcards notifying them to update their voter registration with the office.

About 22,000 voters will receive these address confirmation request postcards in the next several weeks asking them to respond with their current information.

Some are already coming back "undelivered" due to address changes.

In addition, about 4,500 voters will receive address confirmation final notices. If they fail to respond, they will be marked inactive and will remain on the inactive list for two more general election cycles.

They will eventually be removed from the rolls unless they vote, request a vote by mail ballot or contact the Supervisor of Elections office.

The process is done to ensure the elections office maintains current and accurate addresses of legal residence for registered voters, eliminates duplicate registration records for the same voter and identifies and removes ineligible voters.

"Updating the voter rolls is a daily function of this office," Anderson said. "We receive daily notices from the state regarding deceased individuals, mentally incompetent and felon notices, as well as voters who have moved in and out of the county."

Since January, her office has removed 993 voters who are deceased and 135 convicted felons with no clemency.

On average, 20-30 voter records come in daily from people who moved to Hernando from other counties.

Anderson said it costs money to send out postcards and that's why voters need to keep her office current on their whereabouts if they move,

"It's important for people to keep their address up to date," she said.

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