SALT LAKE CITY -- Voters may be able to keep their birth dates private under a bill making its way through the Legislature.
House Bill 304, sponsored by Rep. Becky Edwards, R-Bountiful, was approved by the House 66-4, with five absent, on Tuesday.
The bill now goes before the Senate for further consideration.
If the bill becomes law, voters will have opportunities to opt out of having their birth dates made a public record, Edwards said.
"Utahns should have the right to vote without forcing them to make their birth date a public record," Edwards said.
Edwards said voters will be able to opt out when they register to vote, when they apply for an absentee ballot, when they apply for a driver's license, or they can go to the county clerk's office and request to keep their birth date private.
Rep. Richard Greenwood, R-Roy, said most voters are shocked to learn the government can sell their information to "anyone with money."
But if a Utah Highway Patrol officer or any law enforcement officer "divulges your date of birth, that police officer just committed a crime. It's not logical to me that it's a crime for a police officer, but OK for our government to sell your information."
Rep. Steve Handy, R-Layton, said he was shocked to learn to how "exposed we are" when he served on the a task force last summer concerning county clerks.