Voter Records

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What are Voter Records?

Voter Records are documents that list information about a state's registered voters. Every state requires citizens to register with the Secretary of State in order to vote in local, state, and federal elections. Voter Records include the application to register, the voter's precinct and party affiliation, and whether the voter has participated in any previous local, state, and federal elections.

Information on registered voters, including their address, age, gender, ethnicity, and history of voting participation, are contained in Voter Records. In most states, this information is stored electronically on secure servers. The federal government does not maintain Voter Records. Because each state keeps its own Voter Records, the exact format of the records may vary from state to state.

Voter Records are used for a number of purposes. Political campaigns may use Voter Records for canvassing and other outreach purposes, such as Get Out The Vote efforts. Political organizations may also use these records to identify voters by party. Political activists may also rely on Voter Records to encourage registered voters to participate in upcoming elections.

Governments and researchers also use Voter Records. The Secretary of State may use Voter Records to track the voting history of candidates who are running for public office. The courts use Voting Records, in addition to other records, to select citizens for jury duty. Political scientists, historians, and sociologists can also use Voter Records to track demographic data, political party affiliation trends, and to understand election results.

In most cases, Voter Records are considered public records, and they are available under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Access to Voting Records can vary depending on applicable state laws. While a citizen's history of election participation and party affiliation are open to the public, some personal information is private, such as the voter's address and marital status. Some states may also allow citizens to request that certain Voter Record information is kept private, due to confidentiality concerns.