Republican states swore off a voting tool. Now they’re scrambling to recreate it

Alabama Secretary of State Wes Allen recently launched a new program, the Alabama Voter Integrity Database, which will use federal and state data to monitor when voters move, die or illegally vote in two different states in the same election. However, AVID appears to mimic a bipartisan, cross-state partnership known as the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC, which Alabama chose to leave when Allen took office. He and a number of other Republican secretaries of state abandoned ERIC this year after the far right began targeting the organization with conspiracy theories, and with elections coming many of those same secretaries of state are now scrambling to replace it.

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