Secretary Raffensperger Leads with Interstate Voter Data Agreements
Secretary Raffensperger announced the latest measure in Georgia’s efforts to maintain the cleanest and most up to date voter rolls in the country, with the completion of four cooperation agreements with Alabama, Virginia, Florida, and South Carolina (also an ERIC member). Through Georgia’s membership in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), our state receives notifications when Georgia voters move into 24 other states and the District of Columbia (D.C.). With these additional agreements, Georgia can now monitor interstate movement with a total of 27 other states plus D.C.
ERIC remains the only large-scale list maintenance tool available to identify voters who have moved out-of-state and anyone who might fraudulently vote in multiple ERIC-member states in a General Election. ERIC is valuable for both list maintenance and election security. These state-to-state cooperation agreements are necessary to exchange data with non-ERIC member states.
This effort is part of a larger initiative to develop best practices and increase interstate cooperation in preparation for the 2024 Presidential election. Earlier this year, Secretary Raffensperger released his Four Point Plan for Election Security in the 2024 election, and continues to work with other state and federal agencies to secure Georgia’s position as a national leader in election security.
“Putting these agreements in place is crucial to maintaining the most accurate voter rolls in the nation,” said Secretary Raffensperger. “We’re working with other Secretaries of State and Chief Election Officials to ensure that Georgia can identify which voters have moved out of state, which voters have registered in different states, and which of our voter registration records may need to be updated. This gives Georgia the best view into current voter status and the most accurate voter rolls in the country.”
Multi-state agreements will allow states greater access and cooperation in ensuring that voter rolls are properly maintained, and Georgia will be in a unique position to continue robust list maintenance efforts. Due to Georgia’s membership in ERIC, Georgia will continue to receive regular reports reflecting outdated voter registration information. Additionally, these cooperation agreements will provide information between other non-ERIC states.
Georgia is recognized as a national leader in elections. It was the first state in the country to implement the trifecta of automatic voter registration, at least 17 days of early voting (which has been called the “gold standard”), and no-excuse absentee voting. Georgia continues to set records for voter turnout and election participation, seeing the largest increase in average turnout of any other state in the 2018 midterm election and record turnout in 2020, and 2022. 2022 achieved the largest single day of in-person early voting turnout in Georgia midterm history utilizing Georgia’s secure, paper ballot voting system. Most recently, Georgia ranked #1 for Election Integrity by the Heritage Foundation, a top ranking for Voter Accessibility by the Center for Election Innovation & Research and tied for number one in Election Administration by the Bipartisan Policy Center.