On Monday, Missouri, Florida, and West Virginia withdrew from the Electronic Registration Information Center.
This is an interstate association managed by Democratic operatives that promotes partisan outreach activities under the pretext of routine voter roll maintenance.
Letter of Concerns
According to The Federalist, ERIC is an organization employed by roughly 30 states and the District of Columbia to purportedly “clean” state voter records by deleting deceased or duplicate registrations.
Though, as pointed out by the transparency watchdog VerityVote, ERIC does not assist states in cleaning their rolls. Rather, it inflates them by mandating that states send get-out-the-vote (GOTV) mailings to unregistered (and certainly Democratic-leaning) people.
Also, ERIC has relationships that are politically tainted. David Becker, a political activist on the far left, founded the group and currently serves as a “nonvoting” board member.
Becker is also the creator of the Center for Election Innovation and Research.
This is one of two organizations that received $419 million from Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg to assist Democratic attempts to increase voter turnout in predominantly blue counties of battleground states for the 2020 election.
In light of these concerns, several ERIC member states, namely Missouri, Florida, and West Virginia, called for 2022 alliance modifications.
In a memo to executive director of ERIC Shane Hamlin, Missouri Secretary of State John Ashcroft highlighted the inability of ERIC to tackle Missouri’s concerns as the cause for the state’s withdrawal from the alliance.
In a letter addressed to Hamlin on Monday, Missouri Secretary of State John Ashcroft listed reasons for his decision claiming ERIC “refuses to require member states to participate in addressing multi-state voter fraud” and “unnecessarily restricts how Missouri
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Ashcroft wrote that these concerns include unwillingness to require member countries to take part in tackling multi-state fraudulent voting, focusing on adding identities to voter rolls.
This will happen by mandating a quid pro quo to individuals who previously had a chance at registering to vote but chose not to, enabling a hyper-partisan person to be an ex-officio non-voting associate on its governing board, and needlessly restricting Missouri’s use of data.
Ashcroft stated in a news release on Missouri’s withdrawal that they worked diligently over the past few years to create processes that would result in improved elections, more accurate voter registers, and more confidence in the electoral process.
Voter trust is undermined when individuals vote in many states. Nothing is done about it. When it looks that ERIC will not make the required modifications to satisfy these issues, it is time to move on.
The necessity for states to share personal voter data — often DMV or social services data — with ERIC was another worry raised by state officials.
Cord Byrd, the secretary of state of Florida, noted in a news report that he is obligated to safeguard the personal information of Florida residents, which the ERIC agreement allows us to provide.
Florida has attempted to support protection-enhancing changes, but these reforms have been rejected. Hence, they no longer have faith in ERIC. Similarly, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner criticized ERIC’s suspected bias.
They join Louisiana and Alabama, who left in 2022 and early 2023.
Missouri Secretary of State John Ashcroft claimed ERIC "refuses to require member states to participate in addressing multi-state voter fraud" in an apparent dogwhistle over the 2020 presidential election results.
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Warner stated in the Missouri news release there is no reason for allowing partisanship in registration and list administration, let alone in the administration of the country’s elections.
Not only Missouri, Florida, and West Virginia have withdrawn from ERIC. Louisiana and Alabama both halted participation last year.