WTF?! The White House Just Released Sensitive Personal Information Of Voters
On May 11, President Trump signed an executive order forming his Election Integrity Commission to launch an investigation into voter his unsubstantiated fraud allegations.
Days later, the commission drew widespread criticism when it emerged into public view by asking for personal information, including addresses, partial social security numbers and party affiliation, on every voter in the country.
The request sparked an avalanche of emails from outraged voters commenting on the unusual demand.
Well, in an extraordinary move, the White House on Thursday made public the emails it received from those voters, The Washington Post reports.
Unfortunately for these voters and others who wrote in, the Trump administration did not redact any of their personal information from the emails before releasing them to the public. According to the report, the emails contain not only names, but email addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and places of employment of people worried about such information being made available to the public.
Voters directed that outrage toward the Trump White House and the voter commission, often using profanity-laced language in the 112 pages of emails released Thursday.
“You will open up the entire voting population to a massive amount of fraud if this data is in any way released,” one voter wrote.
“Many people will get their identity stolen, which will harm the economy,” wrote another.
“DO NOT RELEASE ANY OF MY VOTER DATA PERIOD,” wrote one voter whose name and email address was published by the White House.
“The request for private voter information is offensive,” wrote one voter whose name, home address and email address were published by the White House.
“I respectfully request, as an American-born citizen legally eligible to vote for two decades, that you leave my voter data and history alone, do not publish it, and do nothing with it,” said another.
“This request is very concerning,” wrote one. “The federal government is attempting to get the name, address, birth date, political party, and social security number of every voter in the country.” That email, published by the White House, contained the sender’s name and home address.
“I removed my name from voter rolls. And I’m a Republican!” wrote one voter whose name was published by the White House.
Approximately half of the emails published by the White House were dated prior to July 5, according to WaPo.