ERIC states preparing voter rolls ahead of Election Day
With possible record turnout pre-election work should smooth process
By Alexis Schuler and Samuel Derheimer
The Pew Charitable Trusts
The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a sophisticated data matching center for state election officials, began with seven states in 2012. Today, ERIC has grown to 20 states plus the District of Columbia, covering over 75 million eligible American voters.
With the election less than two weeks away, and with ERIC member states encompassing about a third of the nation’s eligible voting population, we’ll soon be able to assess the growing impact of the states’ efforts to improve voter registration.
States participating in ERIC are updating their rolls of outdated records and providing information to eligible voters about how to register or update their registration earlier in the election cycle. Since the last presidential election, ERIC states have identified a staggering number of voter records that are likely to require an update or cancellation, including more than 4.5 million voters who have moved but haven’t updated their records; more than 75,000 duplicate records; and more than 160,000 deceased individuals still on the rolls. Read more…