Ore. makes money selling voter information

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 22, 2013 at 11:45 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon officials have been making money by selling voter information to political parties and private companies.

The Statesman Journal newspaper reports that the office of the Oregon Secretary of State has made nearly $90,000 off fees during the past five years by selling the voter registration database.

Oregon charges $500 for the database, far higher than the $7 charged in Washington state or the $30 charged in California. That makes the records difficult for the public to access, but records show for-profit companies have made the purchase. Organizations that buy the database are not supposed to use if for "commercial purposes."

The voter registration database includes information such as each voter's name, address, date of birth and voter history. It doesn't show how anyone voted.

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