As a result of my post only an hour ago, a colleague contacted me and asked about the data contained in the breach. This colleague and his wife relocated from Atlanta to the state of Washington a few years ago.
But, the Voter File doesn’t purge voters unless they proactively notify the government of the move. Which, I’m sure all of us do (/sarcasm). [Update: The Voter File doesn’t keep names forever… if there is a loss of contact of a voter you will eventually roll off. But for sure there are lots names on the list that appear “active” who live out of state.]
Almost every state has different data breach notification and penalty laws. Georgia’s are quite stringent. California’s are even more so.
It’s becoming clear to me that there are likely thousands of people in the leaked data who live in other states. And that makes the Georgia SOS responsible under the laws of those states. Making this potentially a 50-state knot to untie.
I’m hearing from several folks that these disks are generated and managed by an outside contractor with strong ties to the SOS office. As the photo below shows, these things are sent by the SOS Elections Office as official Election Material, no matter who does the stamp licking.