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Bill to strengthen election integrity passes Senate

Bill to strengthen election integrity passes Senate

ALBANY The New York Senate has approved a bill allowing the State Board of Elections to become a member of the multi-state ERIC voter list management organization. Senator James Skoufis (D, Cornwall) is the original sponsor of the bill.

The senator points out that a state’s voter registration rolls serve as the official record of every qualified voter and are essential to free, fair, and accurate elections.

According to him, states have a difficult duty to maintain current voter lists since individuals may relocate and neglect to update their registration, or they may pass away and leave no heirs to notify the Board of Elections. Keeping up-to-date voter lists lessens the chance of inappropriate behavior and contributes to increased confidence in election results.

According to Skoufis, free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy. The ERIC bill will mandate that New York State participate in a comprehensive and secure data management program alongside 23 other states, both Republican- and Democratic-led.

Now, the bill is sent to the Assembly for review.


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