Lawmaker wants to make your voter info ‘opt in’
SALT LAKE CITY — In response to thousands of Utah voters’ personal information being posted on a website, a bill being drafted in the legislature would change how you register to vote.
Under current procedures, voters have to “opt out” of having information shared. If Rep. Becky Edwards’ bill passes, voters would have to “opt in.”
The bill could dramatically affect political parties and candidates’ campaigns. Dave Hansen, a campaign consultant, said it could affect his efforts to reach potential voters with candidate mailers, phone calls and get out the vote efforts.
Hansen said his voter list would go from “a million names to 30,” under the bill. He also feared it could affect efforts to make sure elections were clean.
“I think it’s one of those things we need to take a look at,” he said of the bill. “First of all, nobody wants to have too much information out there. I think it’s something that should be studied and maybe some reasonable alternatives to the list, but materials being released is available.”
“What I would support is a penalty to political parties or people that let that information go anywhere else,” Dabakis said. “But trust me, political parties need that information that is there.”
Edwards challenged the notion that it would harm Republicans, Democrats or anyone else. She said she expected opposition from both major political parties.
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