Secretary Cegavske Issues Statement Regarding the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity’s Request for Voter Registration Information
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kent Alexander
(Carson City, NV; June 30, 2017) – In response to questions from the public and media regarding the recent letter from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske issues the following statement:
The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity has requested to inspect publicly available records related to voter registration in Nevada. While this request has understandably raised concerns with privacy advocates, voter registration information in Nevada is generally available for public inspection under state law, including name, address, date of birth, and whether the voter participated in a prior election.
Election officials in Nevada do, however, collect certain information that is not considered a public record under state law and is therefore not available for public inspection. This information includes:
Social Security Number;
Driver’s License Number;
DMV Identification Card Number; and
In addition to the above mentioned information being kept confidential, registered voters in Nevada can request that their address and telephone number be withheld from publicly available voter lists. Registered voters who wish to make such a request may contact their local election official. It is also worth noting that victims of domestic violence or sexual assault who have been given a fictitious address under the state’s Confidential Address Program never have their name or address included on public voter rolls. Additionally, how a person voted is always private.
Many people have asked whether or not the Secretary of State’s office plans to comply with the request from the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity for voter registration information in Nevada. Other than the previously identified confidential information, state law (NRS 293.558) prohibits election officials from withholding voter registration information from the public. In addition, the state’s Public Records Act requires government entities to allow for inspection of public records. As a result, the Secretary of State’s office will provide the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity with only the publicly available voter registration information under Nevada law.