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Florida Is Officially Joining ERIC

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a committee meeting
Andrew Harnik

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday Florida is officially partnering with ERIC or the Electronic Registration Information Center. It's a non-partisan organization that essentially creates a multi-state database.

Former Leon County Election Supervisor Ion Sancho explains: “So for example you can fare out individuals that live in Miami-Dade and vote in New York City and vote in Miami-Dade.”

It’s most known for reducing voter fraud and identifying people who are registered to vote in multiple states. But Sancho says joining ERIC will help make sure elections in Florida are held to a high standard.

“To join ERIC you have to agree that you have to be voter-friendly. You have to send out mail outs to citizens. You have to provide them basic voting information. And that is the key really to I believe good elections," said Sancho.

To finalize the partnership legislature must agree to pay annual dues estimated at $75,000. And another $1.3 million to help conduct the unregistered voter outreach through direct mail.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.