VoteRef.com adds New Jersey voter roll to nationwide database
Nov 23, 2021

by Voter Reference Foundation

DOWNERS GROVE, IL — In adding its seventh state, New Jersey, the voter transparency website - VoteRef.com - now offers residents transparent data covering 20 percent of the country’s population.

The database, gathered and presented by the Voter Reference Foundation, now contains seven states – 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.

By posting the database and keeping it current, it can serve as a deterrent against fraud and an additional tool to give voters confidence in our elections.

For example, VRF has gathered the voter rolls from official state and local sources to ensure the most accurate information. This has revealed discrepancies between the number of voters listed as casting ballots in 2020 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.

In New Jersey, the discrepancy is 37,944.

Additionally, the database allows for the crowdsourcing accuracy within the voter list. Residents are encouraged to check their own voter information and their families to see if there are discrepancies between the reality of a registered voter household and what is included in the registered voter database. People can also check to see if family members who have moved or died are listed as having voted.

Executive Director Gina Swoboda says that voters are starting to see the fruits of the foundation’s labor.

“No organization has attempted to gather the nationwide voter file, and then to keep it up to date as a tool of transparency in elections,” Swoboda said. “As we build the system and add more states, we’re starting to see significant coverage of the country offering a truly useful tool for people interested in election integrity.”

Swoboda says that the process has been slow at time, but that’s because of the need to get it right.

“This isn’t a speed race,” Swoboda said. “We want to – need to – get this right so we’ve laid a foundation of gathering accurate data and presenting it in a way that any visitor to the website can search and receive timely accurate information.”

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.