Virginia NAACP Objects Virginia’s Withdrawal from ERIC

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.

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Founded in 1935, the Virginia State Conference of NAACP Branches (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth, overseeing over 100 NAACP branches, youth councils, and college chapters. The Virginia NAACP is focused on being the preeminent voice of Black Virginians and advocating for policies and programs to benefit Blacks and people of color. You can read more about the Virginia NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas by visiting

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