“(Alexandria, VA) – December 6, 2021: Today, the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a federal lawsuit against Monica Evans, the Executive Director of the District of Columbia Board of Elections, for failure to permit inspection of voter list maintenance records as required by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
The D.C. Board of Elections claims they cannot provide these voter list maintenance documents because of their contract with the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC). Their contract prohibits the release of the data ERIC provides to member states. The lawsuit alleges that any relationship with ERIC cannot be used by election officials to escape D.C’s obligation under federal law to conduct election administration in a transparent matter. This obligation is all the more important considering ERIC’s history of inaccuracy of removing deceased and other ineligible registrants from voter rolls.
Even liberal groups have criticized ERIC. Barbara Arnwine, the former executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, reportedly stated, “ERIC should be called ERROR because it’s that erroneous and that full of flaws.” ”