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The great state of Texas is poised to withdraw from the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), according to a letter from the office of Texas Secretary of State Jane Nelson and Director of Elections Christina Adkins.
The move to withdraw is significant because it marks the biggest state to date that has left ERIC, as allegations of irregularities and problems surrounding the 2020 presidential election have abounded.
According to NBC, Texas is now the ninth state to leave ERIC, preceded by Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, West Virginia, Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, and Virginia.
According to a study conducted by Judicial Watch, the supposedly non-partisan system that was in use by 32 states has come under intense scrutiny as multiple states have pointed to worries over alleged data security issues and potential left-wing influences on the organization itself.
Via their report which cited a Judicial Watch ‘white paper’:
“…on voter roll cleanups, ERIC does not actually require that member states ‘remove ineligible voters from their registration rolls.’ States are only required to ‘initiate contact’ with those voters. ‘ERIC claims to have identified 2,498,688 registered voters who relocated across state lines, 203,210 duplicate registrations, and 65,437 deceased registered voters,’ the JW study notes.”
Judicial Watch additionally pointed to an alleged connection between ERIC’s founder, David Becker, and $157,000 in grants that were reportedly received from a Geroge Soros-funded organization, Pew Charitable Trusts. This has naturally given rise to doubts for those who are concerned about election integrity.
They also explained, “Research by Judicial Watch also raises concerns about data-sharing between ERIC and Becker’s Center for Election Innovation.”
The study additionally raised a red flag on ERIC’s “outsourcing” by states in terms of voter registration through ERIC “may also violate the National Voter Registration Act, which protects from disclosure the identities of individuals who decline to register to vote.”