Georgia Joins Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC)

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Georgia joined a group of twenty-five other states Wednesday that shares voter information and cancels registrations of voters who moved out of state or died.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Georgia’s participation in the Electronic Registration Information Center will keep voter lists accurate and prevent election fraud.

ERIC is a nonprofit organization that flags voters who may have registered in multiple states, moved or died. Then election officials must attempt to contact flagged voters, and officials can cancel registrations of inactive voters who don’t participate in two federal election cycles.

Raffensperger signed up with ERIC after the Georgia General Assembly passed a bill that called for the state to join a nongovernmental entity, share confidential voter information and update voter registration lists.

States that participate in ERIC contribute driver’s license numbers and the last four digits of Social Security numbers, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. Information received by Georgia from ERIC will be exempt from the Georgia Open Records Act.