District of Columbia: D.C. makes it shockingly easy to snoop on your fellow voters | The Washington Post
A little-known law in the nation’s capital is leading to complaints over the way it lets anyone on the Internet find out D.C. voters’ names, addresses, voting history and political affiliations, with little more than a click or two. The political list, known as a voter file, was published on the D.C. Board of Elections’ website in the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s Democratic primary. It contains a complete record of every voter who is registered to vote in the contest, as well as whether the voter has cast a ballot in the six elections going back to 2012. The issue underscores a growing tension between the use of data in governance and the need to protect people’s privacy. Surveys by the Pew Research Center show that while most Americans approve of the use of data to evaluate a restaurant’s health and safety record, they are less comfortable when it comes to posting real-estate transactions or individuals’ mortgage data on the Internet.Full Article: D.C. makes it shockingly easy to snoop on your fellow voters - The Washington Post.