How to keep voter files safe from identity theft and other threats is the focus of two bills under consideration by the Government Administration and Elections Committee. The bills, which received a public hearing Monday at the Capitol, would limit who can obtain copies of voter rolls, what information they could access and what they can do with that information. They would also allow people with safety concerns or municipal police to opt out of having their information available on public voter rolls.
Championed by the Secretary of the State and League of Women Voters for increasing voter privacy and information security, the bills drew criticism from the Freedom of Information Commission and American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut for limiting access to and transparency around voter information.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill testified that her office receives more calls about what information is distributed in the voter file than any other topic.