March 9. Michigan is sharing its residents’ private, personal—and legally protected—information with a massive interstate database, the Secretary of State’s office confirmed yesterday. As one of Democrat Jocelyn Benson’s first acts after inauguration to office, she joined Michigan in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) in January 2019. But according to Gateway Pundit, ERIC, now 31-states strong, is a “left wing voter registration drive, disguised as voter roll ‘accuracy’ management.”
How unethical and unlawful is it for Benson’s office to share Michigan residents’ personal information? Nine Michigan election laws are summarized, linked, and highlighted below, thanks to PIME supporter Louis Avallone.
At PIME’s request, Senator Ruth Johnson’s office submitted an inquiry to the SOS offices. Yesterday, Garrett Wheat, the senator’s chief of staff, received a response and notified PIME.
“Here is what was sent by the Secretary of State as to what each state shares with ERIC (attached),” Wheat wrote. “It is from their bylaws. A full copy can be found here: https://ericstates.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/ERIC_Bylaws_01-2020.pdf.”
What personal information of yours is the Sec. of State sending to ERIC? Every 60 days, Secretary Benson’s office is pulling the following data, and more (see image below), from the state’s Qualified Voter File and its Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV):
- Your address
- Your driver’s license or state ID number
- The last four digits of your Social Security number
- Your date of birth
- When and how you did or didn’t vote
- Your current voting record status
- Your phone number
- Your e-mail address or other electronic contact method
The info listed above is the tip of the iceberg.
Revelations pressure states to exit ERIC. The interstate organization, founded in 2012 with funds from the Soros Open Society, is coming under increasing fire after the investigative reporting by Jim Hoft. His 4-part series, published in the Gateway Pundit (links below), exposed a wide range of alleged corruption surrounding the organization that last filed an annual report five years ago and purports to be a ‘Delaware’ state nonprofit and avoids reference to its federal tax status.
On Jan. 27 Louisiana’s Secretary of State suspended participation in ERIC, citing “allegations of voter fraud or possible misuse of our voters’ personal information.” March 7, Conclusive Evidence came to light in Georgia showing 2020 Election Results Were Electronically Manipulated, affecting 524,000 votes. Both states were members of ERIC.
One year after joining ERIC and for the first time in history, the number of Michigan’s registered voters in 2020 grew to 105% of voting-aged residents, an impossible number. Plus, 69 of Michigan’s 83 counties currently have more registered voters than eligible voters. Judicial Watch
These voter-roll issues appear interwoven with membership in ERIC, which adds but rarely removes ineligible voters from its rolls.
The only tasty morsel of personal information that ERIC doesn’t demand to consume inits 350-million-record maw is whether a resident is a citizen. Its Bylaws state, “Under no circumstances shall the Member transmit an individual’s record where the record contains documentation or other information indicating that the individual is a non-citizen of the United States.” (Exhibit A(b), page 14)
In other words, when residents transfer the title of a vehicle into their names, the DMV doesn’t ask if they are citizens. Lacking evidence to the contrary, it appears ERIC assumes the new title holder is a citizen and registers them to vote. In case a reader is tempted to dismiss this hypothesis as crazy conspiracy talk, watch Sen. Ruth Johnson noncitizen20220119.mp4, https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Z0p6Fc-6blmyOzXfM5elBTJz0XFlA67X/view?usp=sharing. See PIME’s CALL TO ACTION: ERIC slips non-citizens onto voter rolls through Mich. DMV. Part 2.
To play devil’s advocate and voice the common refrain, I have nothing to hide. Say you’re a registered Republican, and you regularly vote in person. Say, a nefarious, no-good numbskull decides to vote absentee for you? That could never happen, right?
Consider a tiny snapshot of Team Ingham’s first 3-hour, door-to-door canvassing effort of 71 residences on March 5:
|1||Resident voted in-person but it was recorded as a No Vote|
|5||Residents voted in-person but were recorded as absentee voters|
|4||People did not live at the named address yet voted absentee|
|16||Registered voters did not live at their named addresses when the 2020 election occurred|
|1||Street address did not exist|
|1||Deceased person at time of election was recorded as voting|
The state’s participation in ERIC begs the question, How is ERIC securing this wealth of information on private citizens and non-citizens? The answer seems to become more apparent with each inexplicable text and bulk mailer to vote for Joe Biden or a Democrat candidate.
Legal protections for Michigander personal information as codified in Michigan Compiled Laws related to elections:
MCL 168.509gg: “(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.”
And there’s this:
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.”
And these laws:
MCL 168.931(1):“A person who violates 1 or more of the following subdivisions is guilty of a misdemeanor: …
(h) A person shall not willfully fail to perform a duty imposed upon that person by this act, or disobey a lawful instruction or order of the secretary of state as chief state election officer or of a board of county election commissioners, board of city election commissioners, or board of inspectors of election. …”
MCL 168.931(2):“A person who violates a provision of this act for which a penalty is not otherwise specifically provided in this act, is guilty of a misdemeanor….”
MCL 168.934:“Any person who shall be found guilty of a misdemeanor under the provisions of this act shall, unless herein otherwise provided, be punished by a fine of not exceeding $500.00, or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both such fine and imprisonment in the discretion of the court.…”
MCL 168.939:“It shall be the duty of every inspector of election, knowing, or having reason to believe, that an offense punishable under the provisions of this act has been committed, to give information thereof to the prosecuting attorney without delay, and such prosecuting attorney shall adopt effective measures for the prosecution of all persons believed to be guilty of such offense….”
MCL 168.940:“It is hereby made the duty of every prosecuting attorney, whenever he shall receive credible information that any such offense has been committed, to cause the same to be prosecuted…”
MCL 168.941:“It is hereby made the duty of any police, sheriff or other peace officer, present and having knowledge of any violation of any of the provisions of this act, to forthwith institute criminal proceedings for the punishment of such offender….”
MCL 168.942:“An offense under this act shall not be prosecuted unless the prosecution is commenced within 3 years after the time the offense is discovered. The complaining witness or any other person who is called to testify in behalf of the people in a proceeding under this section shall not be liable to criminal prosecution under this act for an offense in respect to which he or she is examined or to which his or her testimony relates, except to prosecution for perjury committed in the testimony.…”
—ERIC, Interstate Database Enables Non-citizen Voting. Part 1
—CALL TO ACTION: ERIC slips non-citizens onto voter rolls through Mich. DMV. Part 2
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