Jul 10, 2017 1:52 PM

NH rep voting records request: 'If I was a Russian hacker, this would be a gold mine'

CONCORD — State Rep. Neal Kurk, R-Weare, doesn't take privacy rights lightly.

In an interview with Dave Andreesen on WTSN's Noon News Hour on Monday, he said his biggest concern with the election law commission requesting voter information from New Hampshire is privacy.

Kurk along with Sen. Bette Lasky, D-Nashua, and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in Hillsborough County Superior Court last Thursday challenging Secretary of State Bill Gardner from handing over voter information lists to the federal election law commission.

READ: Voter fraud controversy continues as bill, commission come under fire at NH Statehouse

Under current state law, anyone can view the statewide voter database at the state archives building, but it cannot be copied or transmitted.

"A database is a very different thing than access to information," Kurk said. "You can do things with a database than you can't do if you simply have access to one piece or another on a list."

Kurk said legally the database can only be used for political purposes not for commercial use. But if the list is sent to Washington, Kurk said he will be concerned.

"What is the federal commission going to do to protect this list from other people getting hold of it and using it for nefarious purposes?" Kurk said. "If I were a Russian hacker, this would be a gold mine for me."

Kurk also challenges why New Hampshire has to send this database to Washington.

"Why don't we just check the names on our list with the databases that Washington says they will be using?" he said.

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