On Sunday, The Epoch Times reported that two more GOP-led states are withdrawing from the national voter verification coalition.
The article reports:
Frank LaRose, Ohio’s secretary of state rumored to be mulling a run for the U.S. Senate in 2024, announced the decision in a letter (pdf) to the director of the coalition, called the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC).
“I cannot justify the use of Ohio’s tax dollars for an organization that seems intent on rejecting meaningful accountability, publicly maligning my motives, and waging a relentless campaign of misinformation about this effort,” LaRose wrote.
LaRose’s letter came soon after member states that are part of the coalition held a meeting on Friday and a proposal to reform some of the coalition’s bylaws failed.
“ERIC has chosen repeatedly to ignore demands to embrace reforms that would bolster confidence in its performance, encourage growth in its membership, and ensure not only its present stability but also its durability,” LaRose wrote.
He argued that the coalition has transformed from a “previously bipartisan organization to one that appears to favor only the interests of one political party.”
The article also notes:
ERIC was set up to let elections officials from different states cross-check data when seeking to confirm their voter rolls. It lets states know when voters move or die so that voter rolls can be kept up to date.
It also generates data on people who may be eligible to register to vote but have not, while requiring states to contact such would-be voters.
But the coalition has been under fire from Republicans in several states in the wake of 2021 allegations by Gateway Pundit that the coalition was “a left-wing voter registration drive disguised as voter roll clean-up.”
During Friday’s meeting and vote, two initiatives failed. One of them—previously proposed by LaRose—would have allowed member states to decide what to do with data produced by ERIC. The other would have tied the requirement to contact eligible unregistered voters to a report that helps states identify double voting.
Iowa and Ohio are the sixth and seventh GOP-led states to opt out of ERIC, with media speculation that others might soon join. Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, and West Virginia have all dropped out of the coalition.
Voter integrity is important. Every effort should be made to encourage every eligible voter to vote, but every effort should also be made to take every ineligible voter off of the voter rolls.