West Virginia, Missouri and Florida Monday announced they will no longer participate as member states in the Election Registration Information Center (ERIC). ERIC was founded in 2012 as a bipartisan effort to “improv[e] the accuracy of America’s voter rolls and increas[e] access to voter registration for all eligible citizens.”
West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner cited issues with ERIC, claiming a board meeting in February was disrupted by people who did not pay the membership fee nor have the power to vote at the meetings. Warner explained how the interruption resulted in the board not passing procedures that would have prevented third-party influences from serving as members of the ERIC board.
Florida Secretary of State Cord Byrd disclosed the termination of their membership was in response to the lack of protections available for confidential voter information. Missouri Secretary of State John Ashcroft explained they will no longer be members of ERIC for