My favorite quote happens to be from the Mayor of Washington D.C.:
“The best thing I can do to instill confidence among DC residents in our elections is to protect their personal identifiable information from the Commission on Election Integrity. Its request for voter information, such as social security numbers, serves no legitimate purpose and only raises questions on its intent. I will join leaders of states around the country and work with our partners on the Council to protect our residents from this intrusion,” DC mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement.
Because the precious, precious data that the Mayor of Washington D.C. refuses to share with the federal government out of fear that somehow nefarious forces are at work disclosing that sort of information can be purchased by anyone for $2.
Oh, and you know how CNN reports North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper as saying:
“Integrity of our elections is critical, and a recent State Board of Elections investigation already found there was no evidence of significant voter fraud in North Carolina,” Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement on Twitter Friday. “My staff has told the State Board of Elections that we should not participate in providing sensitive information beyond what is public record as it is unnecessary, and because I have concerns that it is an effort to justify the President’s false claims about voter fraud.”
Well, setting aside the fact that the Election Integrity Commission requested only that public information be made available as permitted by state law, it turns out that voter information–including addresses and voting history–can be downloaded for free from the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
Part of me wonders if the public knows just how much of their personal information has been made available through voter roles, and how much Trump’s EIC publicly revealed the fact that voter roles have been available for decades for a nominal fee. So many of the responses noted in the CNN article seem to try to perpetrate the idea that somehow your voting information is somehow private and not part of the public record.
Now some states do not tie voter ID with specific ballots and so they can only reveal voter registration information: who you voted for is simply not captured in the process. But when you register to vote, everything about you: your address, the party you registered with, is made available to the public. It’s how parties calculate to the precinct level how to run their “get out the vote” efforts.