Data Errors Imperil D.C.’s Participation In Group That Cleans Up States’ Voter Rolls

A years-long bureaucratic snafu has imperiled D.C.’s membership in a multi-state system that checks the accuracy of states’ voter rolls, raising the possibility that D.C. could become the first jurisdiction in the country to be formally kicked out of the system. The situation involves the Electronic Registration Information Center, better known as ERIC, which was founded in 2012 with the mission of helping states “improve the accuracy of America’s voter rolls.” The non-profit organization does so by regularly collecting voter registration data and motor vehicle licensing data from the 32 member states to allow them to identify voters who have moved, died, or may have multiple registrations — including in different states. But D.C. has been inconsistent in submitting its data to ERIC in recent years, said Monica Evans, the director of the D.C. Board of Elections, during a D.C. Council oversight hearing on Wednesday. Martin Austermuhle, DCist.

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