County clerks fielding calls about voter info release
July 6, 2017
Area county clerks have been working to quell concerns about voter confidentiality following the announcement last week by Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams that he would release state voter-roll information to President Donald Trump's election integrity commission.
"It hasn't been overwhelming, but we have gotten some phone calls and have talked to people who are real concerned about the information that is going to be shared," Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico said.
Rest assured, though, the information that will be released is no different than what's already available publicly and routinely disseminated to political groups, petitioners and candidate campaigns, she said.
That includes data that is already public record, such as a voter's full name, residential address, party affiliation, date of affiliation, gender, year of birth, and a phone number if provided along with a voter's registration.
State and county election officials are prohibited from giving out any private information, such as any portion of a voter's Social Security number, full date of birth and email addresses, Alberico said.
The legally permissible information that is contained in the state voter rolls is expected to be turned over to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity by July 14.
Alberico and Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Regina O'Brien both advised that residents can become confidential voters if there is belief the voter or a member of the voter's household will be exposed to criminal harassment or bodily harm if the voter's information is made public.
"A confidential voter's information will not be released to the public," O'Brien said in a statement sent out Thursday.
To become a confidential voter costs $5, and can be done in person at a voter's county clerk's office.
"This will remove voter information from future lists, but will not remove information from past editions already released," O'Brien noted.
Survivors of domestic violence, sexual offenses or stalking may also enroll in Colorado's free Address Confidentiality Program. Voters who are part of this program will not have any of their voter information released to the public.