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Husted Sends White House Voter Registration Data, But Leaves Out Details

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Ohio’s top elections official has sent the state’s database of voter information to the White House’s Commission on Election Integrity, but the report left out sensitive data. 

Secretary of State Jon Husted shared the information by sending a link, which includes names, addresses, dates of birth and party affiliation – all of which is publicly available to anyone.

The commission also asked for the last four digits of a voter’s Social Security number if available. But because that information is not public in the state of Ohio, Husted did not send it.

In his letter, Husted said he hopes the commission will conclude, as he has, that while “voter fraud exists, it is rare and we should take reasonable measures to prevent it and hold violators accountable.”

Critics, such as the League of Women Voters, say the commission is an unnecessary distraction from protecting the electoral process from threats of foreign hacking or interference.