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Thomas More Society Challenges WI Contracts with Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC)

Also used for PA Voter Rolls.

During the 2020 election cycle, the Wisconsin Voter Alliance (WVA) and the Thomas More Society (TMS) discovered that government-maintained voter data in Wisconsin was being accessed by non-governmental, partisan organizations. The purpose was to target selected voters for get out the vote and micro marketing campaigns. As an example, contracts between the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) and the five largest cities in Wisconsin in 2020 required that voter data from the government database (WisVote) be made available to CTCL without charge while other private organizations were charged over $10,000 per data set.

Further investigation since the 2020 election cycle has revealed that many (33) states have entered agreements with a private, non-profit organization called the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) to share data. ERIC’s stated purpose is to assist states to manage and ensure accuracy of state voter rolls. ERIC is funded by state election agencies and taxpayer dollars with state election officials staffing its board of directors. While purportedly non-partisan, ERIC is viewed by some as a tool of the progressive left, used to register unregistered voters so they can be motivated to vote for progressive causes.


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