How ERIC Works
This page looks at ERIC, the Electronic Registration Information Center. ERIC is an encrypted, anonymized, inter-state voter-roll deduplicator designed by the Pew Charitable Trusts. It helps its 25 member states to eliminate outdated voter records (of people who've died or moved), to sort duplicate registrations within the same state, and also, to identify people who are potentially eligible but not yet registered.
- ERIC, The Basics
- ERIC: Technology and Security Overview
- How ERIC Works: 2 Minute Video
- Why ERIC Makes Sense: Interview with David Becker, who heads Pew's Election Initiatives
ERIC: THE BASICS, IN WORDS
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ERIC helps states to eliminate outdated voter records of people who've died or moved, to sort out duplicate registrations within the same state, and also, to identify people who are potentially eligible but not yet registered.
The Member States control, and pay for, ERIC. Each state's Chief Elections official designates a representative to the ERIC Board, which calculates a dues formula that takes into account a state's voting age population. Large states pay a bit more than small states. ERIC's 2016-17 FY budget was ~$785,000. ERIC offers grants to states needing financial assistance.
ERIC Saves Money. The annual dues enable ERIC states to share the cost of buying of the national Social Security death index, and data from the US Post Office, which non-member states now buy on their own. Also, efficient transfers, and cleaner voter rolls, mean less returned mail, fewer provisional ballots, and shorter lines at polling places.
ERIC Protects Voter Data. It collects the same data as the paper voter registration form: name, address, DOB, last-4 SS#. Private data like DOB and last-4 SS# are protected using a a cryptographic one-way hash and then transmitted to ERIC. An explanation of how the hashing process works, how it is used in the ERIC data matching process, and how privacy is protected is in the Technology and Security Overview.