In a bipartisan vote of 114-1, the Florida House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday which would exclude voter email addresses from state public records. Some say it’s to prevent people from being scammed, and all but one representative agreed. Lawmakers said they are concerned with protecting voters from being inundated by candidates and political committees that have access to their email addresses, according to the Miami Herald.
The House bill (HB 249) is sponsored by Rep. Bryan Nelson, R-Apopka. “The whole intent is to get more people to sign up for sample ballots over the Internet,” Nelson told the Miami Herald. “If you sign up for a sample ballot, that ought to be kept confidential.”
Florida House Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel-Vasilinda of Tallahassee, who was the only one to vote against the bill, said she did not “find it to be a logical exemption.”