On Tuesday, the Texas House of Representatives voted to pass HB 1070 and withdraw from the controversial voter roll system, Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC).
If the Senate approves the bill, Texas will become the 9th state over the past year to leave the system.
Proposed changes to the bill were made by Rep. John Bucy (D-Austin) that will require the Senate's approval before the bill can go to Gov. Greg Abbott for signature.
While the ERIC system was originally touted as a voter roll system that would clean up voter rolls and is used in approximately 30 states, it has been nothing but trouble for the states that have used it and now many are leaving the flawed system.
In Wisconsin which uses ERIC, voter roll shows that the state has more than 7 million registered voters when in reality, the state has less than 4 million eligible voters. Clearly, something is amiss.
Despite the system's inefficient and faulty abilities, the Democratic Party still supports and uses the platform. Grassroots activists, however, have had enough with many calling their Secretary of State's office with demands that the ERIC system be investigated.
While some Democrat-led states continue to hold on to the obsolete system, many conservative states have been ditching it as fast as possible with Virginia announcing last week that it would be terminating its use of the platform citing that ERIC was sharing data with CEIR, which is a third-party group that is funded by Meta CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.
Meanwhile in Texas, the House voted 85-61 to pass the bill introduced by state Sen. Bryan Hughes. The bill will now return to the Senate for the approval of the changes proposed by Rep. Bucy that would require compliance with state and federal privacy guidelines if the state contracts with an alternative system in the future.
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