Unregistered voters to receive notices from state officials

ERIC helps ensure voter safety, encourages registration

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CLAY COUNTY – Now that election season is in full gear, the State of Florida will reach out to eligible, but unregistered voters next week to bolster the voter rolls ahead of the General Election on Nov. 3. 

Supervisor of Elections Chris Chambless wants Clay County residents to understand the difference between a letter from the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) and other third-party get-out-the-vote organizations.

“One of the important aspects of ERIC is the initial requirement of reaching out to all residents who are unregistered voters,” Chambless said. “Those notices will go out next week. Florida is part of a national program to ensure accurate voter rolls, so we want to make sure unregistered voters understand the ways they can register.” 

There are countless organizations, including the major political parties, that are pushing voter registration. Many have agendas behind their efforts. ERIC doesn’t. 

Florida became the 29th state to join ERIC last year. The multi-state partnership uses data-matching tools to share voter rolls from each state so they can identify duplicate registrations. ERIC also uses Social Security information to point out potential deceased voters. 

ERIC now has 30 states and the District of Columbia on board. 

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said there are more than four million unregistered voters in the state. Offering them a chance to join the rolls now will help eliminate confusion on election day. Members of ERIC are required send out the notices to unregistered voters who haven’t voted in two election cycles every two years ahead of the General Election. 

With an estimated 950 people moving to Florida every day, it’s important to keep the rolls updated, Chambless said. And that includes an outreach to unregistered voters. 

“ This is the first step in the long-awaited journey of joining ERIC.  As a member State, Florida will now have the resources necessary in improving the accuracy of America’s voter rolls by using information from motor vehicle departments, Social Security Administration records and other databases to compare voters across other member states.” Chambless said.

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