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Online Check Uses Basic Information For Voting Status

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Posted at 5:52 PM, Oct 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-13 16:36:19-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)-- An online tool is helping voters get to the polls a little easier. You can check your voter registration status online through the state or county voting websites with only basic information. But how public and safe is that information?

"It has... really cool information that you can really go back and see your voting history and keep track of yourself in case you forget," said Trimmel Gomes, Political Contributor for WTXL ABC27.

You visit the websites and enter your name and date of birth. In return, it gives you your party affiliation, current address and even the last time you voted.

But if you can find that information about yourself, so can others.

"It was surprising to me to see that all of my information, even on the local level," said Gomes. "It included a map to my home, and I think other voters, once they go through that process, they'll be shocked to see it."

But Gomes says not to worry about your privacy. The site doesn't list your social security number or other more sensitive information. If you do have more serious concerns, you can request to have that information removed.

"There are avenues that you can go to take and remove your information off of this public domain, but for the vast majority of us, that information is public, and really if all of our information is out there, we're pretty good," said Gomes.

To check your voter status, visit www.leonvotes.org/Voter-Registration-and-Information/Where-Do-I-Vote.aspx or registration.elections.myflorida.com/CheckVoterStatus.