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The study by political scientists from Stanford and Tufts universities appears just as a heated debate is flaring again in Congress over the partisan and racial impact of recent voting laws. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Ohio Sec. of State LaRose wants to fight voter fraud, but pulling out of ERIC will make that harder

BY: - September 28, 2023

Last month, a Cuyahoga County judge sentenced James Saunders to three years in prison for voter fraud. The judge’s ruling described how Saunders cast ballots in Ohio and Florida in 2020 and 2022. Although the incidents lie outside the case, he added evidence that suggests Saunders likely voted in both states going back to 2014. […]

Ohio Secretary of State signs voter data sharing agreements with three states

BY: - September 18, 2023

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has struck a deal to share voter data with three other Republican-led states. The agreement comes roughly six months after LaRose chose to exit a much larger, bipartisan interstate compact known as ERIC. Ohio’s new agreements give the state access to interstate voter information on its own terms. When […]

Shaker Heights man found guilty of double voting in 2020 and 2022

BY: - August 23, 2023

A Cuyahoga County judge found Shaker Heights resident James Saunders guilty of voter fraud Tuesday. Saunders cast votes in both Ohio and Florida during the 2020 and 2022 elections. Despite suspicions among conservatives about rampant voter fraud benefiting Democrats, Saunders is a Trump supporter. According to FEC data he gave more than $5,600 to the […]

At state lawmakers’ summit, experts discuss election policies that implicate Ohio

BY: - August 22, 2023

The National Conference of State Legislatures held its annual summit in Indianapolis last week. The organization serves as a resource for state lawmakers around the country, and a bipartisan panel on elections weighed a handful of issues that intersect with recent policy changes in Ohio. MIT political scientist Charles Stewart led the panel, which included […]

Why Republican-led states keep leaving a group that verifies voter rolls

BY: - June 6, 2023

Eight Republican-led states this year left an interstate cooperative that seeks to maintain accurate voter registration rolls, and three more may join them — a move that election security experts say is fueled by conspiracy theories. Earlier this month, Virginia’s top election official said the state would become the latest to stop participating in the […]

GOP-led states plan new voter data systems to replace one they rejected. Good luck with that.

BY: - May 30, 2023

So far this year, seven states, all Republican-led, have left the Electronic Registration Information Center, an interstate compact for sharing voter registration data, and more could follow. Amid the exodus, some states, including Texas and Virginia, have said they plan to create their own data-sharing networks to replace ERIC. Pledging to build a new system […]

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Shaker Heights man indicted for 2020 voter fraud; Ohio has since left system that caught him

BY: - April 27, 2023

A man from Shaker Heights has been indicted for voter fraud after a national bipartisan system caught him allegedly double voting. Just weeks ago, Ohio left the organization responsible for finding fraud due to “political” differences. James Dalton Saunders, a 57-year-old attorney, voted in both Ohio and Florida in the 2020 and 2022 general elections, […]

Red-state elections officials balk at voter registration outreach

BY: - April 3, 2023

A day after taking office in January, Alabama Secretary of State Wes Allen withdrew his state from the Electronic Registration Information Center, an interstate data-sharing compact aimed at helping states keep clean voter rolls. Asked about the move a few days later by a conservative radio host, Allen, a Republican, at first talked about privacy […]