Pennsylvania seeks to improve accuracy of voter rolls

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania is joining a multi-state effort to improve the accuracy of the state’s voter registration database.

The Department of State said Thursday that the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC, uses sophisticated technology to compare data from the more than a dozen participating states against data from the U.S. Postal Service the Social Security Administration. The nonprofit corporation receives voter registration data and some motor-vehicle records from the states every 60 days.

Marian Schneider, deputy secretary of elections and administration, says Pennsylvania officials worked with stakeholders and other states before concluding that this is the best option.

The Washington-based center was founded in 2012 with financial help from the Pew Charitable Trusts. It is owned, governed and managed by state elections officials.

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