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No data breach in sale of West Virginia voter records online

By TRAVIS CRUM

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office spokesman said voter databases have not been breached after someone advertised selling online an estimated 35 million voter records from 19 U.S. states, including West Virginia for $500.

The data, which includes voters’ names, addresses and party affiliations, is already available for sale from the Secretary of State’s Office to media outlets, political parties and individual candidates. The data is used for analytics and for use by campaigns and get-out-the-vote efforts.

However, the resale of this data and publication of it are prohibited, said Mike Queen, deputy chief of staff and communications director for the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office.

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