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Utah voter list posted to another web site while legislation stalls

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The personal identifying information of 1.5 million Utah voters, minus that of the Governor Herbert and former Lt. Governor Bell, is available on a second readily searchable web site—utahvoters.com. The ownership of the new site is hidden.

Based on a review of voter registration dates on utahvoters.com, the information posted appears to have come from same list that was sold by the state of Utah in June 2013 and posted to utvoters.com.

The site has the names, addresses and birth dates of victims of domestic violence, parents of adoptive children, LDS general authorities, over a million Utahns who are at risk of identity theft and financial fraud, member of the U.S. Special Forces, victims of sexual abuse, law enforcement officials, state Supreme Court Justices , etc.

The personal identifying information of those who had contacted utvoters.com to have their names removed from the list that was posted to that site is on the list posted to the new site. And unlike utvoters.com, utahvoters.com has no provision for individuals to have their personal identifying information removed.

Both websites, utahvoters.com and the earlier utvoters.com, are fully legal based on current Utah law and both will continue to be legal under the Utah Senate’s purported solution to the problem, SB36S03 as long as they do not have a commercial purpose and are primarily for political, research or scholarly purposes.

The Utah voter list, complete with each voters' full name, address and full birth date, is sold at the insistence of Utah’s two major political parties (Democrat/Republican), the Utah Media Coalition and businesses which insist that every registered voter’s full identifying information, including their birth dates, be public records for their use.

HB302S01 which attempts to protect voters passed the House by a vote of 71-2. It allows voters to protect their birth dates and to remove their entire voter records from the list sold by the state going forward. A substitute bill, HB302S02, passed a Senate Committee 4-1.

HB302S02 incorporates many of the elements of a weak Senate bill (SB36) that allows parties, the media and businesses to access the voter list. However, it generally limits the use of the information to political and election purposes and requires those obtaining the list to safeguard it or to face both criminal and civil penalties.

The Republican Party, the Utah Media Coalition and business interests oppose HB302S02 because it makes it unlawful for the state to given them voters’ birth dates and because it allows voters at risk to prevent their voter records from being sold by the state.

Parties also oppose HB302S02 because it no longer allows them to spread the personal information of Utah voters far and wide and then throw the lists with 1.5 million Utahns' personal information in the trashcan once done with it.

Legislators have allowed 41 days of a 45 day session to go by without passing legislation to protect Utah voters and now have only four days left to do something.

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