Twenty Six States Fail to Update Registered Voter Lists for November 6 Election

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e-Merges.com a nationwide registered voter file vendor, which conducted the research, reported that in most cases, the absence of updated voter lists was due to the states' failure to redraw their district lines.

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The court of public opinion can be hard on both elected officials and candidates who don't even seem to know what district they are in.

A recent survey of the 50 state Boards of Election to assess the availability of the new 2012 voter files reports troubling results. The objective was to determine whether the current state registered voter lists reflect the reapportionment of Congressional and state representative districts resulting from the 2010 Census.

  •     26 states have voter lists that have not been updated to reflect reapportioned Congressional districts.
  •     32 states have voter lists that have not been updated to reflect reapportioned state senate and legislative districts.

e-Merges.com, a nationwide registered voter file vendor, which conducted the research, reported that in most cases, the absence of updated voter lists was due to the states’ failure to redraw their district lines. State election representatives also cited legislative wrangling, involvement of the courts, and Department of Justice review as delaying factors. However, the availability of the new voter data promises to improve in the next eight weeks. Of the 32 states that have not updated their voter lists based on reapportioned district lines, at least eight indicated that they would have the process completed by May 1st and another six by June 1st.

Why It Matters

For members of Congress and for political campaigns, the penalties for using outdated voter lists can be significant. Congressional franking privileges governed by 39 U.S.C. § 3210 (6)(A)(I) prohibits Congressmen from mailing outside of their district.

The court of public opinion can be very hard on both elected officials and candidates who don’t even seem to know who is in the district they want to represent.

About e-Merges.com, Inc.
e-Merges.com, Inc., incorporated in 2000, is the industry leader in providing registered voter lists. Most voter lists are available on the e-Merges network for political, journalistic, and scholarly uses.

The full report can be obtained from Media Contact: Tom DeKornfeld at (410) 881.0074 or Tom.DeKornfeld(at)e-Merges.com, http://www.e-Merges.com/. 1694 Anne Court, Ste. 5000, Annapolis, MD 21401-6512.

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