State considers banning sales of voter database

Published on Sunday, 18 February 2018 21:56
Written by The Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Marketing companies and other private entities would no longer be able to buy Connecticut’s state voter list for about $300 and use the data for solicitations and other purposes under new legislation being considered by state lawmakers this session.

Instead, only political party committees, candidates, political action committees, journalists, academic researchers and governmental agencies could tap the cache of information, which includes full names, addresses, phone numbers, political affiliations and birth dates. The proposed change is being offered by Democratic Secretary of the State Denise Merrill, who also wants to prevent a voter’s full birthdate from being released.

Merrill, who is seeking re-election in November, said she was motivated by the thousands of messages she received from voters after a now-disbanded presidential commission had sought reams of data last year.

Posted in New Britain Herald, State on Sunday, 18 February 2018 21:56. Updated: Sunday, 18 February 2018 21:59.