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‘Dead’ Voter Roll Fight Headed For Hearing

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An election worker writes a name on the voter roll at a polling place. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

An election worker writes a name on the voter roll at a polling place. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A judge’s order that absolved Texas counties from purging potentially dead people from voter rolls before the November election is being challenged by state prosecutors.

An October hearing will now likely determine whether county voting registrars will resume checking 81,000 names that the Social Security Administration has flagged as potentially dead.

State elections officials say a state law passed last year requires counties to check voting rolls against the federal agency’s list, which is known to have errors. That resulted in thousands of people receiving letters instructing them to confirm they’re alive.

A state district judge this week temporarily barred the state from enforcing the law. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Friday asked for that order to be dissolved.

The hearing is scheduled for Oct. 4.

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