Now they don’t have anything to worry about! Good move, Mr. President!
The White House has drawn criticism for… well, for a lot of things lately. Recently the controversy has been around President Trump’s Election Integrity Commission, a commission designed to gather voter data from across the country to determine if there was voter fraud during the election. It may seem odd that the winning side is the one complaining about the election being unfair, but it hasn’t been a very normal year in politics.
Anyway, the EIC has been drawing lots of criticism, with some states outright refusing to turn in any voter data. Many citizens have also been contacting the White House to complain. Many people are concerned about what the government would do with the voter data. Being able to keep your votes private is an important American right that could potentially be endangered by this move. Lots of people are worried about what would happen if that information became public.
The White House’s response? They publicly released a bunch of emails from people saying they don’t want their data released.
The Orlando Sentinel 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. In some cases, 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.
“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.
“DO NOT RELEASE ANY OF MY VOTER DATA PERIOD,” wrote one voter whose name and email address was published by the White House.
The White House does have a warning online saying any emails sent to the Election Commission may/can be publicly released. This warning was published on July 13. The fact that the emails just released were sent between June 29 and July 11 is apparently unimportant.
So, if you were planning to write to anybody in the government, be sure to double check your grammar! Literally everyone is going to read it.