Shelby Co. voter rolls shrinking

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Shelby County voter rolls have shrunk by about 180,000 names due to aggressive moves by the county Election Commission to move many voters to inactive status and purge others.

The Commercial Appeal reports the spring cleaning of the publicly available voting rolls has shrunk from over 611,000 to just over 431,000.

The commission said more than 151,000 voters were changed to inactive status because they hadn't voted in the last two federal elections. Those people remain eligible to vote, but are no longer included among active voters listed in county voting statistics.

Commission Chairman Robert Meyers said it "increases the accuracy of our voter registration rolls."

Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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