ERIC Welcomes Pennsylvania and Illinois
The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) welcomes two new members – Pennsylvania and Illinois!
The press release from the Pennsylvania Secretary of State is here.
The ERIC Board of Directors voted unanimously on Dec. 22 to accept both states and boost ERIC's membership to 15 states and the District of Columbia.
In addition to the two new members, the membership roster includes: Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Louisiana, Minnesota, Maryland, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia and Washington.
Grant funds available to states joining ERIC
The Pew Charitable Trusts is making grants available for new ERIC states to help defray the initial costs of membership, including mailing costs for outreach to voters. Learn more and apply...
Ensuring the Efficiency and Integrity of America's Voter Rolls
Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC)
The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) is a non-profit organization with the sole mission of assisting states to improve the accuracy of America’s 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.
View the ERIC Bylaws and Membership Agreement
The seven states that pioneered the formation of ERIC in 2012 are: Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. Washington D.C., Oregon, Connecticut, Louisiana, and Minnesota joined in 2014, Alabama, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island in 2015, and more states are expected to join in 2016 and beyond.
The states were inspired to create ERIC due to the challenges in maintaining the accuracy of voter registration records. While most private industry, and many government agencies, have updated their systems to take advantage of modern technology, voter registration systems remain largely based on 19th century tools, such as handwriting on paper forms and postal mail. The inherent inefficiencies in the system result in unnecessarily high costs, and make it difficult to keep voter rolls clean throughout the country. For example, 1 in 8 voter registration records in America contain a serious error. In addition, more than 51 million citizens, or 25 percent, remain unregistered to vote.