Colorado added to Voter Reference Foundation website VoteRef.com
Dec 22, 2021

by Voter Reference Foundation

DOWNERS GROVE, IL — The Voter Reference Foundation (VRF), through its website VoteRef.com, has now added its 12th state, Colorado. The foundation intends to complete the work of building a nationwide database in 2022.

The database currently includes Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The long-term goal, once the full universe is uploaded, will be to keep the voter files up to date in near real-time.

This is an important process, and this project is the first of its kind in the country. A full, maintained, and searchable database serves as a deterrent against fraud and as an example showing why the voter files must be cleaned and maintained.

Through the gathering of data, VRF has discovered discrepancies 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. VRF requests data from official state and local sources to ensure the most accurate information and presents the discrepancies to ensure transparency. The voter files so far have 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.

These discrepancies don’t necessary indicate fraud, but the 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.

In fact, with each state, the data is shared with state election officials. Colorado is the first state to earnestly engage with VRF to investigate the discrepancy. This dialogue resulted in a much smaller discrepancy represented in the database.

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 Colorado is 439.

State | Discrepancy
Colorado | 439
Connecticut | 37,256
Georgia | 3,787
Michigan | 74,135
Nevada | 8,952
New Jersey | (37,944)
New Mexico | 3,844
North Carolina | (42)
Ohio | 22,425
Pennsylvania | 41,524
Virginia | 63,984
Wisconsin | (3,033)
 

The data released from Colorado means the database developed during 2021 represents 30 percent of the country’s population.

VRF Executive Director Gina Swoboda says 2021 has been a watershed year for voter transparency.

She continued, “transparency is fundamental to election integrity,” Swoboda said. “This database is shedding sunlight on the voter rolls and what must be done to ensure that our elections are secure, and that people trust the system.”



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 op-ed in American Greatness.