On Monday, the Texas Legislature sent a bill allowing the state to withdraw from the leftist-controlled voter-roll management group known as ERIC to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for signature. But the governor’s office remains mum on whether he’ll sign the legislation.
As The Federalist previously reported, the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC, is a widely used voter-roll management organization founded by Democrat activist David Becker that was “sold to states as a quick and easy way to update their voter rolls.” In actuality, ERIC inflates voter rolls by requiring member states to contact eligible but unregistered residents to register to vote.
Passed by the Texas House of Representatives and Senate last week, SB 1070 allows Texas to “identify and contract with the provider of a private sector data system to identify voters … whose addresses have changed,” “who are registered to vote in more than one state,” “who are deceased” and who are not qualified to vote under state law. The measure was introduced by Republican Sen. Bryan Hughes in February.
While the bill would permit Texas to withdraw from the left’s newest election charade, it remains unclear whether Abbott will sign it. When pressed on whether the governor would approve SB 1070, Abbott’s office did not respond to The Federalist’s request for comment.
ERIC’s problems go far beyond inflating voter rolls, however. In fact, the organization enjoys an active relationship with the Center for Election Innovation and Research (CEIR), another Becker-founded group to which ERIC transmits the voter roll data it receives from states. Upon receiving the data, CEIR “then develops targeted mailing lists and sends them back to the states to use for voter registration outreach.”
In other words, CEIR is creating lists of potential (and likely Democrat) voters for states to register in the lead-up to major elections.
For context, CEIR is one of the two nonprofits (along with the Center for Tech and Civic Life) that received tens of millions of dollars from Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg leading up to the 2020 election. These grants were poured into local election offices throughout the country to push sloppy Democrat-backed voting practices, such as mass mail-in voting and the widespread use of ballot drop boxes. Analysis shows these “Zuckbucks” were heavily skewed toward Democrat municipalities, especially in swing states, effectively making it a giant Democrat get-out-the-vote operation.
If ultimately signed by Abbott, Texas could join the ranks of Virginia, West Virginia, Florida, Missouri, Ohio, and Iowa, all of which withdrew from ERIC earlier this year. Meanwhile, Alabama and Louisiana announced their respective departures from the organization last year.