Tom Alciere Chimes In On SB36 and HB302 (Utah Voter List Bills)

Mr. Alciere, on utvoters.com, has posted a set of statements that are worth reading. It is worth noting that Mr. Alciere can also see SB36’s gaping loopholes versus the actual protection/control afforded by HB302 (especially for those with security concerns, such as certain crime victims):

Special Message to the People of Utah:
The real problem with HB 302 as substituted is, the uncertainty whether lawmakers are trying to prohibit the communication of true facts already lawfully obtained from a public record, one which they insisted remain public. That needs to be fixed. While I disagree with the use of birth dates as security passwords (because you cannot be expected to keep it a secret and you cannot be given a duty to do so, unlike banking PINs and passwords or credit card numbers, which can also be changed,) my home state of New Hampshire does not include even the year of birth on the voter list. Before investing in the Utah list for what was a genealogy website, I checked that it included the full date of birth.
The House bill is better for your privacy than SB 36 as substituted. If O.J. Simpson is looking for Nicole, he can afford to get the Utah voter list “for research” and find her. The Senate bill does not remove her birth date. If there are two Nicoles born the same day and living in Utah he can compare the voting histories to Nicole’s voting history on a legacy voter list and determine which Nicole is O.J.’s ex.
Some people qualify for unlisted registrations already, but some crime victims might not wish to explain everything to a bureaucrat in front of strangers who are waiting in line. The status quo is, the crime victim must beg for mercy. Under the House bill, the crime victim is in control. That will make a big difference in how some crime victims feel. I might get more web traffic with more data, but I have the intellectual honesty to concede that the telephone company does not get to pick and choose who has a good reason to need an unlisted number. (They also don’t try to force people to stop consulting last year’s directory.)

As has been noted on this blog, SB36 effectively does nothing at all for voters’ personal information other than providing an utterly false sense of security…while keeping the politically-connected happy.

On another part of his site, Mr. Alciere is also spot on when it comes to who should be on the receiving end of blame for the release:

•Stop trying to blame a Utah political mess on a man in New Hampshire.

•They [Utah State Legislature] insisted on requiring by law that the Utah voter list be supplied to anybody who wants it. Now they see political consequences. They could have listened to Dr. Mortensen, but they made a different chess move, which they are trying to take back through censorship. They want voters to think lawmakers have stopped the spread of the information which has already been publicly released, and downloaded thousands of times…

Alciere was well within his rights to publish the list. For years, the legislature along with Huntsman and Herbert Administrations, Lieutenant Governors, political parties, political consultants, Lexis-Nexis, Utah’s Media, and other politically-connected groups have insisted your voting information be sold to whoever wanted it.

The above groups are now aligned behind SB36 to ensure their ‘entitled’ gravy train to your information keeps flowing. It’s time to ignore the ‘New Hampshire straw man’ politicians want to distract you with  and let the legislature know your right to vote is not a servant for the political-connected elites’ entitlement mentality. Please contact your legislators and ask them to reject SB36 and support HB302. Also, consider ‘liking’ the “Protecting Utah Voters” Facebook page.

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