FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Contact: Emily Cook
Maine joins Electronic Registration Information Center
AUGUSTA — Secretary of State Shenna Bellows and Executive Director Shane Hamlin today announced that Maine joined the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a non-profit consortium of 31 other member states.
Participation in ERIC improves the integrity of voter rolls and promotes voter confidence in the electoral process and will allow Maine to exchange data with other states to more efficiently identify people who have moved and registered elsewhere or deceased outside the state.
“Joining ERIC is a big step forward in more efficiently conducting our voter list maintenance,” said Secretary Bellows. “With ERIC we’ll be able to contact eligible, but unregistered, voters so that they can participate in our democratic process, while also keeping currently registered voters’ information up-to-date so that as many Mainer citizens as possible can vote and have confidence that their vote matters.”
“We’re excited to welcome Maine, and we look forward to working with Secretary Bellows and her team,” said Hamlin. “ERIC membership will improve the accuracy and integrity of Maine’s voter rolls, while also increasing the number of registered voters in the state.”
Support for joining ERIC was bipartisan in the Maine legislature in 2021, with the successful effort spearheaded by Representative Patrick Corey, R-Windham and Speaker Ryan Fecteau, D-Biddeford. The policy initiative and funding were included in the bipartisan biennial budget.
ERIC member states follow a number of technical protocols and policy guidelines to maximize the accuracy and inclusivity of voter lists, while maintaining the privacy and security of voters’ data. For more information, visit ERIC’s website.
Other current ERIC member states are: Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Iowa; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; Nevada; New Mexico; Ohio; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; Washington, D.C.; West Virginia; and Wisconsin.