Ohio Rated Second-Worst State In U.S. For Voter Privacy

Sep 17, 2020
Originally published on September 16, 2020 11:57 am

Ohio is one of the worst states in the country for voter privacy, according to the consumer group Comparitech.

Ohio ranked second-to-last in the country, with only North Carolina performing worse. Ohio came out so low because a list with voter details is available online without any authentication required to access it.

However, Ohio does mandate that voter records can only be used for non-commercial purposes, and has sanctions in place for those who violate that rule.

Voter registration information is a public record in most states. But states that scored higher in the survey limit access based on how the list will be used, or impose stiffer penalties than Ohio.

Virginia scored highest for voter privacy. That state requires members of the public to prove they will use the list to promote voter registration and participation to gain access.

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