The NAACP Virginia State Conference (Virginia NAACP) objects to Commissioner Susan Beals’ decision to remove Virginia from the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC). ERIC has been a trusted tool by states to combat voter fraud since 2012.
Removing the Commonwealth from ERIC without an alternative plan to ensure voter protection, transparency, and accountability is irresponsible. A decision of this magnitude should not have been made unilaterally. The Virginia NAACP believes that the public should have been informed of the Administration’s concern and been given an opportunity to provide feedback throughout the decision-making process.
Virginia NAACP President Robert N. Barnette, Jr. issued the following statement today:
“Governor Youngkin is a follower trying to be a part of the conservative cool kids’ club by copying other Republican Governor’s actions without true cause…. this is purely politically motivated.”
Changes in the middle of an election with no clear guidance will only add to voter confusion. The Virginia NAACP will continue to fight against voter disenfranchisement.