- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 11, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah House lawmakers passed legislation giving political candidates greater access to voter registration information.

The bill that passed the House Tuesday stripped out a section giving heightened privacy protections to legislators, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The measure would continue to protect voter information from the general public, but candidates would have access to names, addresses, birth years, party affiliations, and past election participation.

Existing state law allows Utah voters to shield their information entirely.

Currently 13% of voter information is private and legislators expect the number to climb to about 50% of registered voters within a few years, supporters said.

The voter protection law “frustrated candidates when they were trying to identify individuals who would be the most likely individuals to receive favorably the message that particular candidate was trying to provide,” Democratic House Minority Leader Brian King said.

Select voters including domestic or dating violence victims, law enforcement officers and members of the military will still be able to secure their information.

Before a revision brought forward by Republican Rep. Karianne Lisonbee, the bill would have allowed state lawmakers and other elected officials to keep their voting records secret.

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