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Bill seeks to limit access to Utah voter information

Published: Saturday, Aug. 1 2015 2:12 a.m. MDT

Kiecha Christiansen gets an Kiecha Christiansen gets an "I Voted" sticker after casting her vote in the general election at Polk Elementary School en Ogden Tuesday, November 2, 2010. After some debate, the Senate voted Monday to place on the third reading calendar a bill that would limit access to the Utah voter registry. (Brian Nicholson, El Observador de Utah)

SALT LAKE CITY — After some debate, the Senate voted Monday to place on the third reading calendar a bill that would limit access to the Utah voter registry.

The goal of Senate Minority Whip Karen Mayne, D-West Valley City, is to keep the information from being abused for commercial use or harassment, she said.

For $1,050, anyone can gain access to information — including addresses, phone numbers, birthdays and number of times voted — for Utah's 1.5 million registered voters.

Though SB36 states it would prohibit access to people who aren't election officers, the bill would allow access for "political, scholarly, journalistic or governmental purposes."

Mayne said Utah is "behind the ball" on the issue, and many states have strict security on their voter lists.

— Madeleine Brown

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