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Georgia man challenges eligibility of 13,600 voters

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CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia man is challenging the eligibility of more than 13,000 registered voters in his county in the northern part of the state.

Frank Schneider filed the challenge Tuesday with the Forsyth County Board of Registration and Elections, which will consider it at its regular Thursday night meeting, media reported.

Schneider said in an email to Mandi Smith, director of the county’s Department of Voter Registration and Elections, that he compared Forsyth County’s voter rolls with the County’s National Change of Address Database. U.S. Postal Service and found that 13,609 had an address different from that on their voter registration.

Georgia allows any voter in a county or municipality to challenge the qualifications of anyone else on the voter rolls. A sweeping electoral law passed last year clarified that there is no limit to the number of people whose qualifications can be challenged by a single voter.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that this appears to be the biggest challenge since the law was passed.

The newspaper reported that contested voters could be flagged for further review if they try to vote in the state’s May 24 primary election.

Forsyth County, about 40 miles north of Atlanta, is wealthy and predominantly white. It has grown rapidly and although it has traditionally voted solidly Republican, Democrats have made some inroads in recent elections.

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