- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office says information on Colorado voters released on the Internet is public information and did not compromise any voter’s identity information after a database of 191 million U.S. voters was published on the Internet.

The database included voter names, addresses, ages, party affiliation, phone numbers and voting history.

A company that said it compiled the national database for campaigns said it was released inadvertently and was no longer available.

The Colorado list includes names, gender, addresses, party affiliation, birth year, listed phone numbers and whether they voted in the most recent statewide elections, but not how people voted. The Colorado information is available to the public for $50, and officials said it would not put anyone at risk of identity theft.

“From what we’ve been able to determine so far, the information in the database is considered to be public information here,” said Lynn Bartels, spokesman for the Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

Identity-theft experts say in other states, the database provided of information that could be used to steal a voter’s identity. Some states, such as California, were investigating the release of the database.

States began putting voter information into computers because of a 2002 federal law that requires states to have computerized voter registration systems. The details that are recorded are left up to each state.

The databases allow political parties, candidates and others, to use it to target voters for advertising and send them political information, the Pueblo Chieftain reported (https://tinyurl.com/hbkoegv).

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Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, https://www.chieftain.com

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