On average, Americans move more than 10 times during their lives: Students move to college, workers move for better jobs, and retirees move to sunnier climates.
Further complicating matters, some people keep residences in several states.
Fixing the problem doesn’t require politicians to create a new system.
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Elections officials and lawmakers in some states have been able to ignore the problem because there has been no political cost and no adverse publicity associated with ignoring it.
But Trump’s tweets have highlighted the issue in a new way. But there’s plenty of evidence of inaccurate records and, therefore, vulnerability to fraud. He previously served as director of elections for the Oregon secretary of state and, in 2008, as president of the National Association of State Election Directors.
In some states, vocal concerns about the accuracy of voter registration rolls have not been met with the same level of commitment or urgency to correct them.
Bannon, treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin and press secretary Sean Spicer — are registered to vote in more than one state. A 2012 Pew Charitable Trusts report estimated that 2.75 million Americans were on the voter rolls in more than one state and that 1.8 million dead people remained on the rolls.
Seven pioneer states agreed to coordinate efforts, share information, and make better use of government records and technology to enhance the integrity of their electoral rolls.
ERIC is now an independent organization, fully funded by member states, with no philanthropic support.
Recently, ERIC provided an analysis for elections officials in Florida that estimated that nearly 1 million voter records in the state needed updating because voters had moved or died. With all the attention to voter registration inaccuracies during the campaign, why aren’t all states on board with efforts to enhance the accuracy of their electoral rolls?
Despite Florida’s pivotal role in presidential elections, constant media scrutiny of its election processes and calls by county elections officials who want their state to join ERIC, Florida is not yet a member. It takes a financial commitment and political will to pass state legislation to join ERIC.