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White House Responds to Voters’ Privacy Concerns by Publishing Their Information

If only there were some way to redact the information of people who don’t want their information released

It should probably go without saying that you should be careful what you wish for with the Trump Administration, but in case not, here’s another reminder.

The White House has responded to privacy concerns from voters by making their information public.

Citizens voicing complaints about the White House’s election integrity commission’s request for voter data might be surprised that their information has been made available via the White House web site.

The commission, which the GOP said was established to curtail voter fraud, made headlines last month after reaching out to state governments seeking voter information including names, date of birth, party affiliation and other data.

The White House website encouraged the public to submit comments to the commission, and many of them did so — only to have much of their information made publicly available through the website.

Numerous comments and complaints were published by the White House, complete with names and, in some cases, email addresses, phone numbers and locations, up to and including street addresses.

Which probably counts as irony on some level, given that many of the messages ran along the lines of, “As a private citizen I must tell you that your request for voting information from the states is completely inappropriate. It is none of your business or the President’s business how I vote, for whom I vote, and whether I vote.”


Though some messages ran to the pithier end of the spectrum, such as one that read, simply, “Go f–k yourself.”

In fairness, the White House’s request for public input does advise, “Please note that the Commission may post such written comments publicly on our website, including names and contact information that are submitted.”