Welcome Shane Hamlin, new ERIC Executive Director
The ERIC Board of Directors has voted unanimously to select Shane Hamlin, former Co-Director of Elections for the Washington Secretary of State, as the new ERIC Executive Director. Hamlin will begin his new duties on June 19. He will replace John Lindback, who is retiring on July 1.
The new director brings a wealth of experience in elections administration and experience with ERIC to his new job. While serving as Co-Director of Elections in Washington from 2010-2012, Hamlin also served as the first chairman of the ERIC Board of Directors. Washington was one of the original seven states that created ERIC with the logistical and financial assistance of the Pew Charitable Trusts.
ERIC is now a fully independent organization, governed and financed by its 21 members, which include 20 states and the District of Columbia.
"I'm honored and thrilled to serve as the Executive Director," Hamlin said. "Members of ERIC have been tremendously successful in improving the accuracy of their voter rolls while increasing access to voter registration. I look forward to working with the board, and the broader elections community, to build on ERIC's successes."
Hamlin's elections background also includes a year as Deputy Director of Elections, three years as Assistant Director of Elections, and three years as legislative liaison, all for the Washington Secretary of State. Since January, 2014, he has been serving as a budget assistant to the Governor at the Washington Office of Financial Management.
ERIC Members Elect Executive Committee for 2017:
ERIC members at their annual meeting in Washington, D.C. elected a new slate of officers and members of a new executive committee to help lead the organization.
The officers are:
Chairman – Edgardo Cortes, Virginia
Vice-chair – Mark Thomas, Utah
Treasurer – Elaine Manlove, Delaware,
Secretary – Steve Trout, Oregon
Immediate Past Chair – Angie Rogers, Louisiana
Executive Committee member – Peggy Reeves, Connecticut
Executive Committee members – Wayne Thorley, Nevada
ERIC members in December voted to create the new executive committee as a means to more efficiently help manage ERIC's steady growth. The executive committee will provide policy guidance to ERIC staff between meetings of the ERIC Board of Directors and meetings of the full ERIC membership.
Ensuring the Efficiency and Integrity of America's Voter Rolls
Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC)
The Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) is a non-profit organization with the sole mission of assisting states to improve the accuracy of America’s voter rolls and increase access to voter registration for all eligible citizens. ERIC is governed and managed by states who choose to join, and was formed in 2012 with assistance from The Pew Charitable Trusts.
View the ERIC Bylaws and Membership Agreement
The seven states that pioneered the formation of ERIC in 2012 are: Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. Washington D.C., Oregon, Connecticut, Louisiana, and Minnesota joined in 2014, Alabama, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island in 2015, and Alaska, Ohio, New Mexico, West Virginia and Wisconsin in 2016.
The states were inspired to create ERIC due to the challenges in maintaining the accuracy of voter registration records. While most private industry, and many government agencies, have updated their systems to take advantage of modern technology, voter registration systems remain largely based on 19th century tools, such as handwriting on paper forms and postal mail. The inherent inefficiencies in the system result in unnecessarily high costs, and make it difficult to keep voter rolls clean throughout the country. For example, 1 in 8 voter registration records in America contain a serious error. In addition, more than 51 million citizens, or 25 percent, remain unregistered to vote.