Prior to 2018, the personal identifying information of ever Utah voter, including yours, was sold by the Lt. Governors office to political parties and consultants, to voterrecords.com, and to anyone else with $1,050. The political parties use the information to contact you but they also give the information to thousands of campaign workers, pollsters, consultants and to those compiling and maintaining political databases Voterrecords.com posts the information to the web in a format that lets users track you down, obtain a map to your home, find your neighbors and even access other family members records. It also allows people who wish to do harm to others find them.
Finally, in 2018 a bill was passed that allows voters to make their records private so they can only be used by election officials for official purposes. Once private, your records are no longer sold. In spite of the fact that this change was not widely publicized, 14% of voters have now made their records private–97,000 in Salt Lake County alone.
This, however, didn’t sit well with the Democrat and Republican parties, their agents and their independent contractors because these people see you as a resource to exploit and they are convinced everyone owes them their private information. While businesses have to use various means to get your information, these political consultants and major parties prefer to use the law and force you to cough up your information…at the penalty of losing your right to vote.
Enter Senator Jake Anderegg. He’s come up with SB83 Voter Registration Information Amendments. It will wipe out all private records and open them up for exploitation by Republican and Democrat parties and the consultant/lobbyist class. They can then spread the information out to their buddies and so forth. Worse, it also wipes out the private records of people with protective orders, police officers, members of the military, teenagers and others with security concerns or who just wish to keep their records off of voterrecords.com. Under SB83, individuals who have make their records private will have their records made public unless they plead their case to the county based on the restrictive rules enacted at the behest of the political consultants and the Democrat and GOP parties. That or they can just not bother voting any longer and cancel their voter registration.
Because big political parties and their consultant cronies believe they are entitled to your information that entitlement trumps your right to vote. It’s the nouveau poll tax – Want to vote? Pay the swamp with your personal data to do with as we please.
For now, set your personal voter information as a private record – Here’s how, it’s quick and easy. At least it will keep your information safe until the bill passes. Then contact your Senator and ask them to oppose this bad bill so your information will remain private.
For all posts on this topic, click here. Also, be aware that these are not the only groups abusing your personal information and have an entitled attitude – The UofU takes your personal information via the Driver License Division without asking your permission too.