Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Almost 3400 Colorado Voters Cancel Registrations

Almost 3400 Colorado Voters Cancel Registrations

Almost 3,500 voters in Colorado as of Friday have canceled their voter registrations over the state's decision to turn over public information to President Trump's voter fraud commission. The commenter asked, "now you want to publish my social security number too?"

That includes four cases this year: a man who pleaded guilty to forging signatures on a petition to qualify a ballot initiative during the 2016 general election; a woman who voted twice - in 2013 and 2016 - using her dead father's name; and a woman who forged her dead parents' names in multiple elections.

In addition to sharing the content of the emails, the administration failed to censor the citizens' personal information. In some cases, the emails contain not only names, but email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and places of employment of people anxious about such information being made available to the public. Nine pages of this 112-page document is one email that is simply every sex crime allegedly perpetrated by a Republican politician or political candidate over the last few years, which would seem odd to just publish unredacted.

The Secretary of State was supposed to send the voter commission the data Friday, but that's been put on hold after a series of lawsuits were filed.

The White House did not redact personal information, like home and email addresses, for those who submitted contacts.

Ironically, one of the users whose full name and address were exposed by the commission blatantly wrote in all caps, "DO NOT RELEASE ANY OF MY VOTER DATA, PERIOD".

"These are public comments, similar to individuals appearing before commission to make comments and providing [names] before making comments", Lotter said.

The public was asked to submit comments via email to the voter integrity commission, which was set up through an executive order signed by Trump to investigate voter fraud.

While not every email has a name and an email address visible, and some are clearly sent from "burner" email addresses, this is a worrying break from tradition in an era of internet harassment.

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