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Group faults bill to make voter emails private

Published:   |   Updated: April 22, 2013 at 06:37 PM

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TALLAHASSEE The First Amendment Foundation is criticizing a proposal this legislative session that would exempt voters' email addresses from the state's public record law.

Foundation President Barbara Petersen today wrote letters to House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz. The exemption bill (HB 249/SB 1260) could be passed this week.

She said if the exemption passes then it will allow public officials to hide who they're communicating with if those people are registered voters.

But proponents of the bill say releasing email addresses could lead to identity theft and voter fraud.

Public records exemptions require a two-thirds vote.

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