Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 14, 2014
Encourage your state legislator to make voter information private

Private Information on the Utah Voter Database: At a time when protecting our private information is paramount, there is a law that requires that your information can be purchased for posting on the Internet.

Utah State Code requires that county clerks and the Lt. Governor’s Office make the information on your voter registration, including your birth date, available for purchase. The only information considered “private” is your email address, drivers license number and social security number.

For years county clerks and the Lt. Governor’s Office have fought — to no avail — to get this information classified as “private.” This year, Sen. Karen Mayne D-Salt Lake and Rep. Lee Perry R-District 29, are running a legislative bill in just a couple of weeks that prohibits the commercial use of the voter database and prohibits the posting of the information on the Internet.

You can find a draft of this bill at http://le.utah.gov/~2014/bills/static/SB0036.html.

Lt. Governor Spencer Cox has stated: “I strongly suggest you contact your state representatives in the legislature and let them know your concerns. This really does make a difference as we continue to work with the legislature in making the birth dates private, or at least allowing us to provide just the age and restrict the usage and postage of the data on the Internet.

You can find your representatives at http://le.utah.gov/GIS/findDistrict.jsp. It’s obviously not an easy fight and I believe getting constituents to contact their representatives expressing their concern is going to be the best way to put pressure on the Utah Legislature to get this bill passed.”

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Tooele County Clerk’s office at 435-843-3148 or mgillette@co.tooele.ut.us for more explanation.

Combining county offices: Thank you for your help with the combining office ordinance. At the commission meeting held on Tuesday, Jan. 7, the commissioners postponed a decision until the matter goes before the Council of Governments on Jan. 16. A public hearing will be held at the Jan. 21 commission meeting before a decision is made. Your emails, comments and input have helped let the commissioners know your feelings on the subject. That’s how government is suppose to work!

 

Marilyn K. Gillette is the Tooele County Clerk

One thought on “Encourage your state legislator to make voter information private

  1. Thanks, Marilyn, for this posting. You do an important job in the County. We appreciate your keeping us notified of what is happening in the County and keeping us abreast of what is going on with the state.

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