8,200 Manchester residents could be cut from voter rolls
Starting on Thursday, the Office of the City Clerk will send postcards to 8,200 residents who have not voted according to its records since the 2008 election.
“Periodic verification avoids a major purge of tens of thousands of voters during the state-mandated 10-year checklist purge, which stresses the office and ward officials for those looking to re-register once in any of the subsequent eight citywide elections held at Manchester polls,” Normand said in a statement announcing the move.
The last state purge, in 2011, resulted in 11,000 voters being removed from the Manchester voter list.
Residents can still register up to and on Election Day, under state law.
The review of voting records comes at the start of a statewide election year, with races for governor, the Legislature, one U.S. Senate seat and two House seats.
“I guess for conspiracy theorists this is a widespread issue in Manchester, so we’ve had conversations,” he said. “But this is just prompted by our belief that 62,000 people on the checklist is a large number, and when we ran a query we already had 8,200 people that haven’t voted in eight years.”
He added that he consulted with the Secretary of State’s Office about the plan in December.
“They thought it was a good idea,” he said.