Louisiana added to list of states sharing voter data with Alabama • Alabama Reflector

Louisiana added to list of states sharing voter data with Alabama • Alabama Reflector
Louisiana added to list of states sharing voter data with Alabama • Alabama Reflector

Alabama has added Louisiana to the list of states to which the Secretary of State’s office has agreed to share voter data in order to maintain accurate voter rolls for the state.

Secretary of State Wes Allen announced the memorandum of understanding (MOU) in a press release on Wednesday. This makes Alabama the sixth state to sign a voter file exchange agreement with Alabama, and an agreement has been concluded with all neighboring states.

“I want to thank our team in Alabama and Secretary (Nancy) Landry’s team in Louisiana for their hard work on this MOU,” said Secretary Allen. “To date, over 140,000 potentially ineligible voters have been identified through AVID and I look forward to seeing the progress being made through AVID’s sixth state partnership.”

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A consortium of other states uses another system, the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), to verify voter registration information to ensure that voters are not registered to vote in only one state and to maintain their voter rolls.

Allen made replacing the ERIC system a priority in his campaign for office in 2022. He withdrew from ERIC almost immediately after taking office, claiming that ERIC was part of a liberal group funded by George Soros, a billionaire who funds liberal causes. ERIC is a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 that is funded by member states, including both left-leaning and conservative states.

In September, he introduced the Alabama Voter Integrity Database (AVID) to manage the state’s registered voter rolls.

AVID uses state and federal resources, including the U.S. Postal Service Change of Address File and the Social Security Death Index, to verify voter registration status.

Another important feature is the ability to retrieve voter lists from other states, especially those bordering Alabama, to verify the names contained in the files, thus ensuring the accuracy of the voter lists.

AVID leverages all the elements ERIC already implements. According to the ERIC website, the shared data includes voter registration and motor vehicle registration data. ERIC also receives death data from the Social Security Administration and the U.S. Postal Service’s National Change of Address Program.

In order to verify the voter lists, the state must enter into memorandums of understanding with other states to additionally identify and verify those who should be registered as voters.

Election administration experts expressed skepticism last year that AVID could be as robust as ERIC because more states are part of ERIC than AVID. So far, six states have signed an agreement with Alabama to become part of AVID. Twenty-five entities are part of ERIC.

They also say that ERIC has a robust process in place and stands by the results it has achieved to ensure that the process ERIC uses to maintain accurate voter lists takes into account multiple factors to ensure that people with the same name are in fact different people.

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