ERIC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help improve the accuracy of Voter Rolls. ERIC was formed in 2012 with assistance from Pew Charitable Trusts and is governed and managed by all states that belong to the ERIC network.
According to the ERIC website,
"ERIC provides sophisticated data matching services to members in order to improve their ability to identify inaccurate and out-of-date voter registration records, as well as likely eligible, but unregistered residents. Members can then contact voters, in compliance with federal and state regulations, to encourage individuals to register or update their existing registration. ERIC is governed and funded by its members."
South Carolina joined ERIC in 2018. Click here for a deeper dive on ERIC.
CTCL is a non-profit organization formed in 2015 whose mission, according to their website,
"We connect Americans with the information they need to become and remain civically engaged, and ensure that our elections are more professional, inclusive, and secure."
CTCL was formed by a group with ties to progressive organizations, as well as being funded by companies such as Google, Facebook, Center for Democracy and Technology, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and others.
According to Ballotpedia, the group describes itself as
"a team of civic technologists, trainers, researchers, election administration and data experts working to foster a more informed and engaged democracy, and helping to modernize U.S. elections."
In 2020, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg donated $350M to CTCL, which distributed the grants to 48 states and Washington, D.C., for election administration in the lead-up to November 2020. Although the sizeable donation was given under the guise of helping county elections officials for keeping voters and election workers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, some watchdog groups' analysis says some counties didn’t spend any money on personal protective equipment.
South Carolina counties received over $5 million in grant money. We requested the information through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and you can review the report findings below.