Word of the Week: ERIC

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Last month, Governor DeSantis announced that Florida would join ERIC. ERIC (Electronic Registration Information Center) is a non-profit organization whose sole mission is helping states improve the accuracy of their voter rolls and increase access to voter registration for all eligible citizens. ERIC is governed and managed by states who choose to join, and was formed in 2012 with assistance from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Participation in ERIC has long been a goal of Florida’s Supervisor of Elections. It will be easier for them to track voter registrations across state lines and clean up voter polls of deceased voters, because they will have access to data from voter and auto registrations, U. S. Postal Service addresses and Social Security death records.

What happens to all that data? The participating states own, manage and fund the system. All data is anonymized.

Participation in ERIC requires that enrolled states contact by mail all eligible but unregistered voters. The outreach to potentially eligible voters will be conducted every two years ahead of each federal general election.

Read the Governor’s press release here; learn more at ericstates.org.

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