This “Data Analytical Error” provides lessons for states belonging to the Electronic Registration Information Center known as “ERIC.”
(Alexandria, VA) – January 5, 2023: Today, the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) released a report detailing Colorado election officials’ admission to mailing more than 31,000 foreign nationals’ information about how to register to vote. Records obtained by PILF portray a Secretary of State’s office more focused on damage control than answering questions posed by concerned county election officials.
The Secretary of State’s office blamed a “data analytical error” for the non-citizens in 58 counties receiving voter registration materials. When one county election official asked to see more information about the foreigners mailed voter registration materials in his county, the Secretary of State’s office refused.
“Colorado shouldn’t be sending foreign nationals voter registration information,” said PILF President, J. Christian Adams. “When they do, the public should be able to see all of the records so we can hold election officials accountable. Transparency in elections is essential. This circus right before a federal election shouldn’t happen. Knowing who is to blame and what went wrong is essential to prevent a repeat.”
The Electronic Registration Information System (ERIC) played a significant role in this error. Under the ERIC agreement, Colorado must mail all eligible but unregistered adults a postcard informing them on how to register to vote.
The Foundation has ongoing litigation with Colorado Secretary of State Griswold for withholding records ERIC provides the state for voter list maintenance.
Read the full report here.
Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is the nation’s only public interest law firm dedicated wholly to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections. PILF has brought lawsuits and won victories in Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and across the United States.