FOIA Denied. No public access. No clerk access. ERIC & voter roll info cloaked in darkness

April 28, 2022

Friend,

The letter below shows why it’s imperative to contact your state senator and representative today. Call them. Print or email this letter, or modify it and make it your own. 

To find your state legislators and their contact information, simply click on these links: https://www.house.mi.gov and https://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysbyaddress.html

Thank you for taking action to defend election integrity,

Patrice Johnson, PIME chair

Dear Honorable [INSERT Senator or Representative name here]:

Lorraine McGoldrick, a PIME supporter, was curious. How was ERIC, the Electronic Registration Information Center, assisting local elections clerks in performing their duty to maintain accurate voter rolls? Did they find ERIC useful? McGoldrick submitted a FOIA request to her local clerk in Rochester Hills. 

The chilling denial below of McGoldrick’s request serves as a stark reminder that Michigan’s participation in ERIC is an affront to the Freedom of Information Act, a slap in the face to government transparency and to a clerk’s ability to do her job: 

Hi Lorraine,

Pursuant to your request for information I regret to inform you that we cannot fulfill your request.

ERIC is a non-profit organization which is governed and managed by the states who choose to join.  The Clerk’s Office does not have access to run any reports as they relate to ERIC and QVF.  

You may want to try and contact the Bureau of Elections for information.

Best regards,

[Name withheld], Rochester Hills Clerk’s Office

The statement above constitutes further evidence of ERIC’s suspicious and highly cloaked activities in regard to Michigan’s voter rolls, called the Qualified Voter File or QVF. 

ERIC’s bylaws require, on threat of expulsion, Michigan’s secretary of state to contact to register to vote 95% of the “potential eligible” residents on a list that ERIC creates and provides. 

As my legislative representative, I urge you to seek answers to these questions, as ERIC’s activities are dark to me and to other Michigan citizens and clerks:

Is the algorithm that ERIC uses to select “potential eligible” voter registrants fair?

–Between $12 and $15 million Zuckerbucks were distributed in Michigan to 80% to 90% liberal areas. Good chance ERIC’s lists are biased too, especially since many of the same leftist operatives are involved. The public needs access to these algorithms and lists.

Membership in ERIC has proven a massive failure, so why is Michigan still participating?

–SOS Benson joined the state in ERIC in 2019 under the guise of cleaning the voter rolls. A year later and for the first time in history, the number of registered voters in Michigan grew to 102.4% of voting-aged residents. In 2020, 69 of Michigan’s 83 counties have more registered voters than eligible voters. Judicial Watch Study Finds 353 U.S. Counties in 29 States with Voter Registration Rates Exceeding 100%

These impossible numbers derive, in part, from automatic voter registrations of noncitizens. When people transfer the title of a vehicle into their names at the DMV, they are automatically registered to vote regardless of citizenship status. Sign up for food stamps: Get registered to vote. Thousands of out-of-state residents voted in the 2020 election. In Ingham County alone, volunteer analysts have identified thousands of suspected duplicate and ineligible voter registrants. If ERIC were worth a grain of salt, it would have identified these potential errors for the local clerks to investigate. 

But cleaning the voter rolls is not ERIC’s true purpose. According to the Wall Street Journal:

President Biden is ordering all agencies in the federal bureaucracy to “expand citizens’ opportunities to register to vote and to obtain information about, and participate in, the electoral process.” That language, from a March 2021 executive order titled “Promoting Access to Voting,” may sound benign. It isn’t, and it may conceal an abuse of power. The administration is making it difficult for the public to find out.

— Tarren Bragdon and Stewart Whitson, Voter Registration Drive: What’s Biden HidingMobilizing the federal government to sign people up may sound benign. Far from it.” WSJ Opinion, April 19, 2022.

The leftists have made their strategy clear. They are directing taxpayer-funded government dollars to government agencies to get-out-the-vote in a biased, one-sided manner. Government employees, in turn, are contracting non-government organizations, NGOs, (left-leaning nonprofits like ERIC) to deploy get-out-the-vote tactics in blue areas. 

ERIC appears to be the tip of the spear. 

On Jan. 27, Louisiana suspended participation in ERIC in light of “allegations of voter fraud or possible misuse of our voters’ personal  information.” Michigan must do the same.

What is ERIC doing with Michigan residents’ legally protected personal information?

–PIME has confirmed that the SOS is illegally sharing Michigan residents’ lawfully protected, personal information with third-party ERIC in direct violation of Michigan Law, MCL 168.509gg. This has to stop. Plus, it appears ERIC is sharing this information with other third parties. 

Is SOS Benson allowing ERIC or Senzing illegal access to our QVF via an application program interface (API)?

–Three-employee ERIC has ties to Senzing, an artificial intelligence software company that specializes in APIs. Sec. of State Benson allegedly allowed the leftist Rock the Vote illegal access to Michigan’s QVF during the 2020 election. How do we know she’s not allowing ERIC or Senzing similar access?

On March 11, 2022, PIME support Louis Avallone submitted a FOIA request to Secretary of State Benson’s office “requesting descriptions of, or portions of the most recent state document(s) that confirm Michigan, as a participating member of ERIC, fully complies with data transfer requirements outlined in ‘Exhibit B’ on page 22 of the ERIC bylaws.

On April 5, the secretary of state denied Avallone’s request. However, the response provided a perfectly worded confirmation that voter information restricted from disclosure under MCL 168.509gg was in fact being provided to ERIC:

“Your request for ERIC membership data is denied.  First, the information being requested contains records that are not subject to disclosure under law, such as the last four of the social security number, driver’s license number, and full date of birth.  MCL 168.509gg.  Accordingly, your request for this information is denied.  Second, the remainder of your request is denied because the specifically requested information is exempt from disclosure as the membership agreement prohibits the records from being disclosed. (editor bold)

Now a PIME supporter FOIAed a clerk for information on ERIC. 

Again, request denied. 

Time is of the essence. I urge you as my legislator to step forward. ERIC must not be allowed to corrupt the upcoming November 2022 election. Michigan must immediately cease and desist all participation in ERIC. 

ERIC boils down to a government-funded version of Zuckerbucks on steroids. Opaque government-funded, nonprofit alliances like ERIC must not be allowed to press their thumbs on the scale of the electoral process and determine who registers to vote.

For your convenience, I’m enclosing this link to more information on ERIC, including a one-page summary (https://pureintegritymichiganelections.org/why-mi-must-get-out-of-eric-asap-must-reads/) I look forward to discussing the next steps you will take to extract Michigan from ERIC posthaste

For election integrity,

[INSERT YOUR NAME HERE]

[INSERT YOUR ADDRESS AND CONTACT INFO TOO]

Published by pureintegrityformichiganelections

Dedicated to restoring election integrity in Michigan.

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