44 states correct to balk at releasing voter information

  • 44 states correct to balk at releasing voter information

44 states correct to balk at releasing voter information

Almost 3,400 Coloradans canceled their voter registrations in the wake of the Trump administration's request for voter info, the Secretary of State's Office confirmed Thursday, providing the first statewide glimpse at the extent of the withdrawals.

The White House just responded to concerns it would release voters' sensitive personal information by releasing a bunch of voters' sensitive personal information. In some cases, the emails contain not only names, but email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and places of employment of people anxious about such information being made available to the public.

"This cavalier attitude toward the public's personal information is especially concerning given the commission's request for sensitive data on every registered voter in the country", Theresa Lee, a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union's Voting Rights Project, said.

"While this data may serve a objective", Williams wrote in his letter to the commission Friday, "a single request for data that lacks the non-public data necessary to accurately match voters across states can't be used to effectively assess the accuracy of voter rolls".

The White House did not redact personal information, like home and email addresses, for those who submitted contacts. Regulations.gov, the federal government's clearing house for public comments, includes a detailed set of guidelines explaining how to submit comments, what type of personal information is collected, and how that information may be used.

The letter requests all "publicly-available voter roll data including, if publicly available under the laws of your state, the full first and last names of all registrants, middle names or initials if available, addresses, dates of birth, political party (if recorded in your state), last four digits of social security number if available, [and] voter history from 2006 onward".

Similarly, the FTC tells commenters that "published comments include the commenter's last name and state/country as well as the entire text of the comment".

On Thursday, the White House published public responses to its Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, many of them critical of that commission's stalled and controversial effort to solicit voter data from states.

Another 182 Colorado voters signed up to become "confidential voters", a designation that allows their information to be withheld.

Another commenter complained that the Advisory commission itself was "led by a notorious champion of voter suppression", an apparent reference to Vice President Mike Pence.