SAINT PAUL, MINN. – To ensure privacy for Minnesotans and their voting preference in the upcoming presidential primary, Senator Jim Carlson (DFL-Eagan), ranking minority lead on the State Government Finance and Policy and Elections Committee, will be introducing legislation to keep that data secure and private.
“Our switch from a caucus system to a presidential primary was made to increase turnout, but an unforeseen consequence could not only turn people away, but put their privacy at risk,” said Senator Carlson. “I have heard from constituents and neighbors about their privacy concerns, and together with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, we can make changes to ensure their data remains private.”
The proposed legislation would do three things. First it would allow all voters to opt-out of the collection of party affiliation data when they cast their ballots. Second, all information on which voters participated in a party’s presidential primary must be kept private under Minnesota’s Data Practices Act. Third, only a national party representative should receive party affiliation data, not state party chairs, and only to guarantee the validity of that primary.