Update: January 3, 2018:  27 states are now signed up with ERIC Db, and mirabile dictu, California has joined as well.

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The long awaited ERIC Database enactment here in AZ has been announced. This Db cross checks with 21 other states’ Voter Registration data and helps maintain clean voter rolls.

Under the agreement, the SoS of AZ agrees for the first two years to send out notices to everyone in AZ eligible to register to vote. It is expected that in September of 2018, one million postcards will go out notifying residents they are eligible to register.

This contractual obligation is only in effect for the first two years of the program, and eligible voters are only required to be notified once.

All fifteen AZ Counties and county boards agreed to join the program. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors agreed to pay the fee to join.

This Database crosschecks Voter Registration data against other states’ MVD/DMV records as well as Social Security records to remove deceased voters (Dems hardest hit) and post office change of address records.

With this Db we should be able to greatly reduce the risk posed to electoral integrity by people who register to vote in multiple states (Massachusetts students hopping border to NH with its same day registration and voting twice)(I have my suspicions about the NV Senate race, which saw buses coming over the border from California in the dead of night and remote polling places held open after midnight to accommodate these voters).

Three guesses what western state has refused to join the program?

If you said California and Jerry Moonbeam Brown you win the prize.

FROM SoS Reagan:

Arizona’s fifteen counties have unanimously decided to have Arizona become the 22nd state to participate in the Electronic Registration Information Center. The Center, commonly referred to as ERIC, is a non-profit organization that assists states improve the accuracy of America’s voter rolls and increase access to voter registration for all eligible citizens.

ERIC was developed to address the challenges in maintaining the accuracy of voter registration records, many of which still rely on paper forms and postal mail.  It is estimated that 1 in 8 records in the country needs to be updated.

“Our participation in ERIC will decrease provisional ballots as well as reduce the number of voters on the rolls who don’t live in Arizona anymore,” said Secretary Reagan.  “Our counties work hard to ensure the registration database is accurate and this tool will enhance their ability to keep our data as accurate as possible.”

 

ERIC compares official data provided by participating states as well as U.S. Postal Service addresses and Social Security death records to identify out-of-date records because they have moved, changed their names, or died.  The results data is then shared with member states allowing election officials to update their voter registration rolls.

 

“This agreement represents another layer of protection against manipulation of the state’s voter data,” Secretary Reagan said.  “In light of the numerous cyberattacks the country experienced in 2016 we are upgrading security protocols and will remain vigilant against hackers trying to gain access to voter data.”

ERIC Explainer video:  http://go.azsos.gov/ERIC