Sunday, February 20, 2022

LA Withdraws From 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.

The Seven States that pioneered the Formation of ERIC, in 2012 are: Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

As of October 2021 Members are: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The District of Columbia is also a Member.

In late January 2022, Louisiana Suspended its Participation in ERIC, one week after Rightwing Conspiracy Site, Gateway Pundit, baselessly accused ERIC of being “a left-wing voter registration drive disguised as voter roll clean up.”

But if you ask Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin’s Office, Staff will tell you the Decision had “nothing to do with” Gateway Pundit.

Spokesman John Tobler, said “numerous” unkown Experts had expressed Concerns over “election stuff.”

“We’re trying to get to the bottom of a major source of questions within the service provider” about “how the data moves and how it functions within their space,” said Tobler.

The Gateway Pundit story on ERIC asserts Falsely that the Organization is a front for Lefty Voter Fraud, Funded by George Soros.

That’s easily Disproved. ERIC serves and is Funded and Overseen by its Member States, and employs a Staff of Three People. Those Members are Not “mostly blue states” as Gateway suggests, but a nearly even Split. Soros has never given ERIC any Funding.

Ardoin made the call unilaterally to Suspend participation in ERIC on Jan. 27, saying in a Press Release the Decision was made “amid concerns raised by citizens, government watchdog organizations and media reports.”

The only Media Report was Gateway Pundit’s Article. Tobler wouldn’t say who the Watchdog Organizations were, and there has been No other Public concerns Expressed from Watchdog Groups about ERIC’s Security or Funding.

Ardoin had All of the Tools at his Disposal to fact check the Gateway Pundit Article and the resulting stream of Misinformed Public Complaints.

ERIC’s Bylaws say Specifically that No Non-Member States are given Access to the Data, and also address how the Organization is Funded.

The State enrolled in ERIC in 2014, while Ardoin was serving as First Assistant Secretary of State.

Louisiana’s current Commissioner of Elections, Sherri Hadskey, serves on ERIC’s Board, and her Predecessor served as ERIC’s Chair.

Now Louisiana has Lost its ability to properly Clean their Voter Rolls.

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