Arkansas voter rolls added to searchable website database

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) – The Voter Reference Foundation (VRF) recently released Arkansas’ voter list on its searchable online platform in an effort to increase election transparency.

According to a press release, some states have fought back in court, and the group recently won a legal battle over it in New Mexico. The VRF calls the recent federal court ruling a “strong victory for election transparency” because it allowed the release of voter rolls in New Mexico after federal judge James O. Browning blocked state officials to block publication.

VRF first published New Mexico voter data online in December 2021, then deleted it in March 2022 after threats from the New Mexico Secretary of State that the publication was illegal.

“In conclusion, New Mexico’s election code does not prohibit the online publication of voter data by Voter Reference,” Judge Browning wrote in his opinion.

Since its inception in 2021, the VRF has published voter roll data for 29 states and the District of Columbia. The site represents more than half of the country’s population and is the first of its kind to grant citizens “the ability to see who is eligible to vote, when they voted and other basic election data”.

The site in question is available here and allows users to browse voters and elections by state.