Letters to Sen. Ruth Johnson and Rep. Ann Bollin re: non-citizen voter registrations and potential compromise of ERIC, the shared interstate voter database system

January 27, 2022

Dear Senator Johnson, Chair, Michigan Senate Elections Committee

On behalf of Pure Integrity for Michigan Elections and our 520-plus supporters, I wish to express appreciation to Senator Johnson for raising the issue to Adam Reames regarding the Sec. of States’ failure to stop noncitizens from being automatically registered to vote. During the January 19 Elections Committee hearing, Senator, you indicated that despite being told the issue had been remedied, it was evidently still a problem, and you provided documentation showing recent automatic DMV voter registration of a noncitizen. You then asked Mr. Reames to respond to the Senate Committee. 

Is there a time limit under which Reames is now operating? Once received, could you please share Mr. Reames’ response with PIME? 

PIME is concerned at the Biden administration’s flooding of our nation’s borders for political gain. 

Border apprehensions hit an all-time high of 1.7 million in fiscal 2021, and there are numerous reports of non-citizen transports into swing states. 

As you are evidently aware, if Michigan continues to register illegal voters, the integrity of upcoming elections will be put at serious risk. Thank you for taking steps to stop this unlawful process. 

In a related matter, Sen. Johnson, you have mentioned problems with ERIC on several occasions. This month, Gateway Pundit published a three-part series. Author Jim Hoft raised alarming red flags in regard to the ERIC organization. I thought you three would wish to be apprised of the articles and to investigate their accuracy. 

I would appreciate your feedback. Please call me at your soonest convenience at 517-420-7978. Here are the articles:

  1. Who’s ‘Cleaning’ Your Voter Rolls? Soros Funded ERIC Is Now Used in 31 States 
  2. ERIC Investigation, Part 2 – The Gateway Pundit
  3. ERIC Investigation, Part 3: Soros Open Society and the Founding of the Nation’s Largest Voter Roll Clean-Up Op

To quote Part 1, “After decades of fighting to keep voter rolls dirty, Democrats put themselves in charge of the ‘clean up.’ In 2012 they founded the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a left wing voter registration drive disguised as voter roll ‘accuracy’ management. Funded by a grant from the Soros Open Society, ERIC now controls the voter logs in 31 States, plus D.C.” 

Michigan is listed among participating states, and to quote Liz Harris, a canvasser involved in the Arizona forensic audit, “The database tracks everything a bad actor would need to influence the outcome of an election.” t.me/VoteLizHarris/1559

As an example, Gateway Pundit explains, “Member states must not only submit all details on inactive and active voters to ERIC every 60 days. But they must also provide every individual in their state’s Motor Vehicle Department database, both licensed and ID recipients. This combo of data is breathtaking. It’s everyone who could generate a legal [or illegal] ballot… This data includes names, addresses, date of birth, License number, last 4 of social security number, voter activity, phone, email, type of citizenship documentation, and much more!” (See Exhibit A, B)

“In addition ERIC accumulates direct voting data for federal elections. The database records: “the total number of provisional ballots cast; the total number of provisional ballots counted; the total number of provisional ballots uncounted, by reason (if available); the number of new voters who registered and voted on the same day; and the number of updates to a voter’s existing registration submitted on the same day on which they voted.” (See Exhibit A, C)

According to Harris, “Just about the only thing that ERIC does NOT want to know is who is voting illegally.” Their rules explain that “under no circumstances shall the members transmit any record indicating an individual is a non-citizen of the U.S.” (See page 14, Exhibit A, 2b)

Senator, if these claims as to ERIC’s background, bias, and potential agenda are valid, what actions may you take to remedy the problem, and how may PIME be of assistance?

For example, what can be done regarding ERIC’s exclusion of transmission of “any record indicating an individual is a non-citizen of the U.S.?”

What can be done to stop Michigan from participating in ERIC? 

If the organization’s activities are as reported, should ERIC not be stripped of its nonprofit status and other states notified as to the organization’s subversive behavior? Should authorities be notified?

To further quote Harris, “Handing over the management of our voter rolls and all of our election data to Soros and comrades is a recipe for perennial election sabotage. Ask your state representatives what they’re doing about ERIC.”

Louis Avallone, a PIME supporter, looked into Michigan statutes, and we are struggling to understand how disclosure of this information to ERIC or to any third-party, non-profit corporation is legal given MCL 168.509qq. It appears there is authority given to the secretary of state to ‘release’ the last 4 digits of a social security number for purposes of voter verification, but there is no such allowance to release any of the other listed protected personal information. 

MCL 168.509o(5) obligates discretionary participation in ‘secure’ multi-state programs, but does not appear to provide any authority to violate the provisions of MCL 168.509gg. The reference to “509aa(5)” indicates that deletion of a voter record using information obtained through a multi-state program is required to subject to the ‘normal’ (i.e., long) countdown rules.

MCL 168.509gg:

“Sec. 509gg. (1) The information described in this subsection that is contained in a registration record is exempt from disclosure under the freedom of information act, 1976 PA 442, MCL 15.231 to 15.246. The secretary of state, a designated voter registration agency, or a county, city, township, or village clerk shall not release a copy of that portion of a registration record that contains any of the following:

(a) The record that a person declined to register to vote.

(b) The office that received a registered voter’s application.

(c) A registered voter’s driver’s license or state personal identification card number.

(d) The month and day of birth of a registered voter.

(e) The telephone number provided by a registered voter…

(2) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the last 4 digits of a registered voter’s social security number contained in a registration record are exempt from disclosure under the freedom of information act,

1976 PA 442, MCL 15.231 to 15.246. The last 4 digits of a registered voter’s social security number contained in a registration record may only be used by the secretary of state to verify a registered voter’s data as provided by the help America vote act of 2002 and to verify a registered voter’s status under this act, and shall not be used or released for any other purpose.

MCL 168.509o(5):

“(5) Subject to this subsection, the secretary of state shall participate with other states in 1 or more recognized multistate programs or services, if available, to assist in the verification of the current residence and voter registration status of electors. The secretary of state shall not participate in any recognized multistate program or service described in this subsection that requires this state to promote or adopt legislation as a condition of participation in that program or service. In addition, the secretary of state shall not participate in any recognized multistate program or service described in this subsection if the secretary of state determines that data of that program or service are not being adequately secured or protected. The secretary of state shall follow the procedures under section 509aa(5) with regard to any electors affected by information obtained through any multistate program or service.”

In addition to enforcing the above statutes, PIME would suggest that the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment may come into play as “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”

Again, Senator Johnson, Garrett, and Josh, PIME applauds your efforts to stop noncitizen voter registrations, and we hope the above information is helpful to you. We look forward to learning your thoughts and to assisting you in restoring and defending election integrity in Michigan. 

Sincerely,

Patrice Johnson, Chair

http://pureintegritymichiganelections.org

517-420-7978

DJHJ MediaERIC Bylaws
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Letter to Representative Ann Bollin, Chair of the House Elections and Ethics Committee

January 27, 2022

Dear Representative Bollin, Marla, and Davis,

On behalf of Pure Integrity for Michigan Elections and our 520-plus (and growing) supporters, I wish to express appreciation to you, Representative Bollin, and your team for all you are doing to restore integrity to Michigan elections. On that note, I feel compelled to request your assistance on some important issues regarding voter registrations of non-citizens. 

In a previous telephone conversation, you had indicated to me that voter registrants were asked to attest to their citizenship. With respect, attestation fails to comprise verification. 

Then, on Jan. 19, Senator Ruth Johnson raised the issue at a Senate Elections Committee hearing. While addressing Adam Reames, Legislative Policy Director, she indicated that, despite being told earlier that the issue of automatic DMV voter registrations of noncitizens had been resolved, the problem, in fact, was persisting. She provided documentation and asked Mr. Reames to respond to the Senate Committee.

PIME is concerned at the Biden administration’s flooding of our nation’s borders for political purposes.

Border apprehensions hit an all-time high of 1.7 million in fiscal 2021, and with the re-institution of catch-and-release procedures, non-citizens are reported as relocating to Michigan. 

As you are aware, if Michigan continues to register illegal voters, the integrity of upcoming elections will be put at serious risk. 

In a related matter, Gateway Pundit published a three-part series this month in which author Jim Hoft raised alarming red flags in regard to the state’s use of the ERIC system. I thought you three would like to be apprised of the articles below for further investigation: 

  1. Who’s ‘Cleaning’ Your Voter Rolls? Soros Funded ERIC Is Now Used in 31 States 
  2. ERIC Investigation, Part 2 – The Gateway Pundit
  3. ERIC Investigation, Part 3: Soros Open Society and the Founding of the Nation’s Largest Voter Roll Clean-Up Op

To quote Part 1, “After decades of fighting to keep voter rolls dirty, Democrats put themselves in charge of the ‘clean up.’ In 2012 they founded the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a left wing voter registration drive disguised as voter roll ‘accuracy’ management. Funded by a grant from the Soros Open Society, ERIC now controls the voter logs in 31 States, plus D.C.” 

Michigan is listed among participating states, and to quote Liz Harris, a canvasser involved in the Arizona forensic audit, “The database tracks everything a bad actor would need to influence the outcome of an election.” t.me/VoteLizHarris/1559

As an example, Gateway Pundit explains, “Member states must not only submit all details on inactive and active voters to ERIC every 60 days. But they must also provide every individual in their state’s Motor Vehicle Department database, both licensed and ID recipients. This combo of data is breathtaking. It’s everyone who could generate a legal [or illegal] ballot… This data includes names, addresses, date of birth, License number, last 4 of social security number, voter activity, phone, email, type of citizenship documentation, and much more!” (See Exhibit A, B)

In addition ERIC accumulates direct voting data for federal elections. The database records: “the total number of provisional ballots cast; the total number of provisional ballots counted; the total number of provisional ballots uncounted, by reason (if available); the number of new voters who registered and voted on the same day; and the number of updates to a voter’s existing registration submitted on the same day on which they voted.” (See Exhibit A, C)

According to Harris, “Just about the only thing that ERIC does NOT want to know is who is voting illegally.” Their rules explain that “under no circumstances shall the members transmit any record indicating an individual is a non-citizen of the U.S.” (See page 14, Exhibit A, 2b)

Rep. Bollin, if these claims as to ERIC’s background, bias, and potential agenda are valid, what actions are you able to take to remedy the problem, and how may PIME be of assistance?

For example, what can be done regarding ERIC’s exclusion of transmission of “any record indicating an individual is a non-citizen of the U.S.?”

What can be done to stop Michigan from participating in ERIC? 

If the organization’s activities are as reported, should ERIC not be stripped of its nonprofit status and other states notified as to the organization’s subversive behavior?

Should law enforcement authorities be notified?

To further quote Harris, “Handing over the management of our voter rolls and all of our election data to Soros and comrades is a recipe for perennial election sabotage. Ask your state representatives what they’re doing about ERIC.”

Louis Avallone, a PIME supporter, looked into Michigan statutes, and we are struggling to understand how disclosure of this information to ERIC or to any third-party, non-profit corporation is legal given MCL 168.509qq. It appears there is authority given to the secretary of state to ‘release’ the last 4 digits of a social security number for purposes of voter verification, but there is no such allowance to release any of the other listed protected personal information. 

MCL 168.509o(5) obligates discretionary participation in ‘secure’ multi-state programs, but does not appear to provide any authority to violate the provisions of MCL 168.509gg. The reference to “509aa(5)” indicates that deletion of a voter record using information obtained through a multi-state program is required to subject to the ‘normal’ (i.e., long) countdown rules.

MCL 168.509gg:

“Sec. 509gg. (1) The information described in this subsection that is contained in a registration record is exempt from disclosure under the freedom of information act, 1976 PA 442, MCL 15.231 to 15.246. The secretary of state, a designated voter registration agency, or a county, city, township, or village clerk shall not release a copy of that portion of a registration record that contains any of the following:

(a) The record that a person declined to register to vote.

(b) The office that received a registered voter’s application.

(c) A registered voter’s driver’s license or state personal identification card number.

(d) The month and day of birth of a registered voter.

(e) The telephone number provided by a registered voter…

(2) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the last 4 digits of a registered voter’s social security number contained in a registration record are exempt from disclosure under the freedom of information act,

1976 PA 442, MCL 15.231 to 15.246. The last 4 digits of a registered voter’s social security number contained in a registration record may only be used by the secretary of state to verify a registered voter’s data as provided by the help America vote act of 2002 and to verify a registered voter’s status under this act, and shall not be used or released for any other purpose.

MCL 168.509o(5):

“(5) Subject to this subsection, the secretary of state shall participate with other states in 1 or more recognized multistate programs or services, if available, to assist in the verification of the current residence and voter registration status of electors. The secretary of state shall not participate in any recognized multistate program or service described in this subsection that requires this state to promote or adopt legislation as a condition of participation in that program or service. In addition, the secretary of state shall not participate in any recognized multistate program or service described in this subsection if the secretary of state determines that data of that program or service are not being adequately secured or protected. The secretary of state shall follow the procedures under section 509aa(5) with regard to any electors affected by information obtained through any multistate program or service.”

In addition to enforcing the above statutes, PIME would suggest that the US Constitution’s Fourth Amendment may come into play as “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.”

Again, Rep. Bollin, Marla, and Davis, PIME applauds your efforts to defend and protect integrity in Michigan elections, and we hope the provided information is helpful to you. We look forward to learning your thoughts and to being of assistance. 

Sincerely,

Patrice Johnson, Chair

http://pureintegritymichiganelections.org

517-420-7978

DJHJ MediaERIC Bylaws
Related PILF ERIC-Related DC LawsuitAnatomy of the Steal – Phase 1: Dirty Voter Rolls

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