In the wake of the Trump Administration requesting partial social security numbers, dates of birth and other information about registered voters across the U.S., one Idaho state lawmaker is trying to keep that information private – at least partially. Right now, anyone can ask for a copy of Idaho’s voter roll, which gives out a person’s name, address, age and voter history and more. The measure from state Rep. John Gannon (D-Boise) would allow anyone to opt out of revealing most of that data – making only their name and voting precinct visible to the public.
“Wherever we can preserve somebody’s individuality and right not to affiliate with any political party I think that’s very important and I think we can do that here,” Gannon said.
Politicians would still have access to all of that information even if you opt out, although the candidate’s information would become public as soon as they file paperwork to run for office even if they had previously opted out of disclosure.