Arkansas the First State to Be­tray Voter Pri­vacy

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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.

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