Wisconsin Added to Growing Voter Reference Foundation Transparency Website
Dec 1, 2021
by Voter Reference Foundation
DOWNERS GROVE, IL — The Voter Reference Foundation (VRF), through its website VoteRef.com, today released data from its eighth state as it continues to compile the first nationwide voter list searchable by the general public.
The database now includes Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Eventually the project will grow to include every registered voter from every state with the goal of keeping the voter files up to date in near real-time. The states gathered so far represent 22 percent of the total population of the country.
The Voter Reference Foundation is gathering and presenting the data in searchable form for several reasons. First, having a transparent and searchable list can serve as a deterrent against fraud. This will give voters additional confidence in the integrity of our elections.
In addition, through gathering the list, VRF has checked the voter list data against the data reported for the 2020 election. This is done by requesting voter information from official state and local sources to ensure the most accurate information.
This process has revealed discrepancies between the number of voters listed as casting ballots in 2020 (according to the voter list) and the number of voters reported by a state’s official canvass and turnout reports. Such a discrepancy at the very least indicates an issue with record keeping and points to the need to be more transparent and proactive about maintaining the voter rolls.
In the states uploaded so far, this discrepancy has ranged from as low as 42 votes in North Carolina to tens of thousands of votes elsewhere. The Wisconsin discrepancy is -3,033. This is the first state reporting more people having voted than there are ballots cast. The table below shows the discrepancy numbers in each state released so far.
State | Discrepancy
- Wisconsin | (3,033)
- Georgia | 3,742
- Nevada | 8,952
- New Jersey | 37,944
- North Carolina | 42
- Ohio | 22,425
- Pennsylvania | 41,503
- Virginia | 61,021
VRF Executive Director Gina Swoboda says that Wisconsin is a key state as part of this process.
“The fact that Wisconsin’s results revealed an entirely new issue, one in which the official data reflected more voters’ having voted than there were ballots cast statewide, demonstrates the urgency of the work we are doing. The public needs transparency and the discrepancies in the data that we are finding confirms that there is more work to be done to ensure the integrity of the process”
Swoboda says that VRF hopes to encourage the states to address this moving forward.
“We want the states to make our database obsolete by doing all this themselves. Publish the voter rolls and keep them clean in real time; and also address issues in real time even if discrepancies are paperwork errors they must be remedied.”
VoteRef.com is a permanent reference source operated by VRF. Those who access the website can search by name or address for registered voters. They also will be able to examine voting histories -- a list of elections that voters participated in, as well as other important election data obtained via official sources.
The VRF was created by Restoration Action, an educational 501c4 organization founded by West Point graduate and successful entrepreneur Doug Truax. A former U.S. Senate candidate in Illinois, Truax is deeply interested in election integrity, as expressed in this recent op-ed in American Greatness.