- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The secretary of state’s office says that some voter information was inadvertently accessible through an online tool since April, but that the coding has now been fixed.

In a press release issued Friday, the office said that the information that had been vulnerable was voter phone numbers and email addresses through the MyVote lookup tool that allows voters to register, find ballot dropbox locations and access the online voters’ guide. The office said that there was no security breach or hack of the voter system, and that information like Social Security or driver’s license numbers were never accessible.

The state Office of Cybersecurity was notified of the issue Wednesday by Tina Podlodowski , a Democrat who is running against Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman. In an email sent to the chief information security officer, Podlodowski noted that the personal information was easily available to anyone with basic technology skills.

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