(USA Features) A legal settlement with a voter integrity group will see Pennsylvania officials remove nearly 21,000 dead people from voter registration rolls, The Epoch Times reported Thursday.
The agreement was announced by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, which the group said was finalized earlier this week.
The organization filed a lawsuit in November alleging that roughly 21,000 people who had died were still showing up on various voter registration rolls during the 2020 election cycle.
Pennsylvania officials said they would compare voter lists with the Social Security Death Index as they worked to remove names of voters who had died, the outlet reported.
“This marks an important victory for the integrity of elections in Pennsylvania,” Public Interest Legal Foundation President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said in a statement in announcing a federal court’s decision.
“The Commonwealth’s failure to remove deceased registrants created a vast opportunity for voter fraud and abuse. It is important to not have dead voters active on the rolls for 5, 10, or even 20 years. This settlement fixes that,” he added.
Former President Donald Trump won Pennsylvania in 2016 but lost the state to President Joe Biden this election. The Public Interest Legal Foundation filed its lawsuit after the Nov. 3 election.
The legal settlement stipulates that the “Department of State shall transmit to each county commission the names of the individuals registered in each respective county identified as deceased as a result of the comparison undertaken” with the “death data set received” from Electronic Registration Information Center, which was then “compared to the full voter registration database … for the purpose of identifying persons who are ineligible to vote by reason of the registrant’s death.”
“The Department of State is pleased that this agreement will offer Pennsylvania’s county boards of election another valuable tool to maintain the most accurate and up-to-date voter rolls possible,” the Department added in a statement.
The state also agreed to pay $7,500 to the group for its legal expenses.