Jocelyn Benson Calls on Michigan to Join National Center to Ensure Accuracy of Voter Registration Files

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Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Jocelyn Benson Calls on Michigan to Join National Center to Ensure Accuracy of Voter Registration Files

22 states, District of Columbia already participating in ERIC

Jocelyn Benson, Democratic candidate for Michigan Secretary of State, today reiterated her long-time support for Michigan to join theElectronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a self-governing, non-profit dedicated to helping improve the accuracy of the nation’s voter files.

Benson said joining ERIC will help ensure the accuracy of Michigan’s voter file but also will help increase access to voter registration for all eligible citizens.

“If we want to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat we can start by ensuring the accuracy of our voter registration file,” Benson said today.  “By ensuring the accuracy of our statewide voter registration file we can use that information to encourage eligible, unregistered citizens to register to vote.”

Established in 2012, ERIC is a reputable collaboration of Secretaries of State from across the country with support from the Pew Charitable Trusts that includes some 22 states.  They include Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Oregon, Connecticut, Louisiana, Minnesota, Alabama, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Alaska, Ohio, New Mexico, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Arizona, Missouri, and the District of Columbia.

Those states were inspired to create and join ERIC due to the challenges in maintaining voter registration records. While most private industry and many government agencies, including the state of Michigan, have used technology to update their voter registration systems, most system remain outdated.

Benson noted that while Michigan’s Qualified Voter File provides a critical method for maintaining records within the state, Michigan would benefit from being able to electronically verify voter registration records using other national databases.

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