Arkansas the First State to Betray Voter Privacy
When Trump's so-called Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity requested that every state provide sensitive information on voters so that it could be analyzed and made public, 44 states refused, others agreed to release only data already public and so far only the Republican Arkansas state government has been stupid (or evil) enough to comply and betray the privacy of its voters.
The information wanted by Trump includes full names, home addresses, dates of birth, political party affiliation, partial Social Security (SS) numbers, elections voted in since 2006, voter status, felony convictions, military status, overseas information and multistate voter registration.
For a state to provide all of the information to Trump would be a gross violation of voter's privacy and the E-government Act of 2002. It would be illegal and idiotic.
It is true that most states already make some voter information public, such as name, address, date of birth and party affiliation. This information is eagerly consumed by criminals but is not enough on its own to steal someone's identity. What is also needed is a social security number but just having the last four digits is often enough to guess the rest.
The nine-digit Social Security Number is broken into three parts - the Area, Group, and Series. The Area is generally assigned by the state where it was issued, although Social Security Numbers beginning with 700 to 728 were issued to Railroad Workers. Starting in 1988, the Area number was assigned based on where a person was born not where the number was assigned.
Up until 2011 the Group was determined by year and only starting in 2011 was the Group randomized. Prior to that Group was determined by year the SS# was issued.
If a criminal has your full name, address, date of birth and last 4 digits of your social security number they can pretty easily get the full SS number and mother's maiden name. With that, they can get a state ID in your name, apply for credit cards or loans in your name, get utilities in your name, get a passport in your name, impersonate you at your bank or do other things to trash your credit and make your life very difficult. Unelected President Trump claims that Hillary won the vote because millions of people voted frauduently but he has provided no evidence of that, while concealing the fact that Republicans did all they could to keep Democrats from voting and commited their own vote fraud.
It is unknown why Trump really wants state voter records. But we can guess.
Perhaps he wants to discourage unregistered voters from ever registering in the future or perhaps he wants to completely compromise an already broken voting system.
Perhaps by enabling wholesale identity theft he could force through some heinous law to force everyone to have a microchip implanted or use their thumbprint or iris scan to identify themselves.
Or perhaps there is an even more sinister purpose to his madness.
The website where states are supposed to submit voter data is operated by the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center. Why would the war industry need to be involved in processing state voter data?
Could the data be used to target Americans that Trump doesn't like?
Will it be used to expand or refine the list of millions of Americans already deemed a threat to the oligarchs?
And maybe there is no sinister intent. Maybe Trump just can't imagine that so people didn't vote for him and believes that the Democrats commited more vote fraud than the Republicans. Maybe he thinks that the Army, an agency full of incompetence and fraud, can somehow use voter records to identify voter fraud.
Or maybe the Republicans will just use the data to refine their campaign approach and stay in power longer.
Regardless of Trump's real motivations, identity thieves and other criminals are eagerly awaiting the realease of American voter's personal information.