Voter Reference Foundation adds Connecticut to nationwide voter roll database
Dec 10, 2021

by Voter Reference Foundation

DOWNERS GROVE, IL — The Voter Reference Foundation (VRF), through its website VoteRef.com, today released data from its 10th state as it continues to compile the first nationwide voter list searchable by the public.

The database now includes Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. 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 Voter Reference Foundation is gathering this data to highlight both the need to properly maintain the voter file and to create a transparent way for residents to access the database. VRF believes that a searchable database available to the public can serve as a deterrent against potential fraud, helping to rebuild confidence in our elections.

The voter file at VRF is requested from official state and local sources and should provide the most accurate information. A review of the voter files obtained to date has also revealed invalid dates of birth and registration dates as well as registrants who have moved and are still listed as being active voters at their previous address. In addition, discrepancies appear between the number of voters listed as having voted in the 2020 general election (according to the voter list) and the number of ballots reported being cast according to states’ official canvass and turnout reports.

Some discrepancies have been small – as low as 42 in North Carolina. Some show more ballots cast than voters voting, and some show more people voting than ballots cast. The discrepancy in Connecticut is significant about two percent of the voting population there. This is meaningful - differences between the voter list and the election canvass indicates, at the very least, issues with record keeping and points to the need to be more transparent and proactive about maintaining the voter rolls and reconciling ballots cast and voters having voted in every election.

State | Discrepancy
  • Connecticut | 37,256
  • Michigan | 74,135
  • Wisconsin | (3,033)
  • Georgia | 3,787
  • Nevada | 8,952
  • New Jersey | (37,944)
  • North Carolina | (42)
  • Ohio | 22,425
  • Pennsylvania | 41,524
  • Virginia | 63,984
 
The voter file on VoteRef.com now contains more than 26 percent of the nation’s voters.

VRF Executive Director Gina Swoboda says that momentum is growing for the database.

“There were so many questions about state voter files going into, and after, the 2020 election,” Swoboda said. “With Connecticut we’re showing not only what a comprehensive database can mean, but also that more than a year after the 2020 election – and 11 months from the 2022 midterms – questions remain about the process of voter list maintenance that states must grapple with.”

The Voter Reference Foundation intends to encourage state electoral authorities and legislatures to review this data for themselves in 2022.

Swoboda added, “We hope that our database can serve as a resource and that states will use this opportunity to ensure that the public’s questions are answered, and the voter rolls are cleaned in such a way that puts the integrity of our elections beyond question.”

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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.