Alaska must disclose data from the voter-roll maintenance group known as the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC, according to a judge’s order issued on Wednesday. The news was first reported by The Federalist.
Update: Lt. Gov. Nancy issued a statement: ““Our agreement with the public interest, legal foundation (PILF) avoids costly litigation and complies with state and federal law and our obligation to ERIC. I am a strong advocate for following the law and protecting the information of Alaskans. It is important to understand that the information on individuals, such as their voter identification number, and dates of birth, were not, and will not be released as a result of this order. Alaskans can remain confident that their personal information was protected.”
Federal District Judge Sharon Gleason penned the agreement that determined Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom must turn over ERIC data reports concerning potentially dead individuals on Alaska’s voter registration lists to the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a law firm that works to uphold election integrity throughout the country. The records are considered part of the public record, the judge determined, subject to Alaska’s open records laws.
ERIC was founded by a leftist activist and serves several states, but increasingly, Republican-led states are pulling out of the consortium.