Utah legislators restrict voter information

Friday , March 14, 2014 - 8:24 AM

The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah legislators have passed restrictions to protect certain voter information from possible misuse.

The Utah Senate voted 28-0 to approve the measure Thursday night and send it to Gov. Gary Herbert.

Utah sells the list for $1,050.

New restrictions would protect email addresses, social security, identification card or driver’s license numbers, and birth dates.

Anyone concerned about the rest of their information being publically available can petition the state elections office to classify it as private.

The measure allows birth dates to be obtained by qualified groups such as government officials, health care providers, financial institutions and political parties. Any unauthorized release of that information could result in criminal and civil penalties.

The bill allows elections officials to provide a birth date to reporters trying to verify an individual’s identity.

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Online:

SB 36: http://1.usa.gov/1gATyYK

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