Disclaimer: The below is solely intended for informational purposes and in no way constitutes legal advice or specific recommendations.
Where available, voter records and voter registration records can be easily searched online and may be very useful when performing a people search by revealing details about an individual. While there is no official national voter list, each state has a repository containing its own online record of voters, their affiliations, and even their demographic and geographic information. Voter records aren’t just used in a people search; accumulated over many years, they can be used by government officials and candidates during a campaign. However, not all states release voter information, so a people search report may contain such data only where permitted and available.
Voter records and voter registrations are part of the collection of public records that may be accessed, if available, when performing a quick online search. Because of the frequency of elections, these data sets can be some of the most up-to-date information available about an individual, and accordingly, very useful. As can be seen when performing a people search, voter registration records are often included as part of a report. Available data, such as a person’s name, voter I.D., registration date, voter status, state and any associated addresses are typically included. This information can be plugged into the voter registration search engine of the state in which this person resides and additional details may be provided, such as party affiliations, an updated voter record, updated county and location where the individual voted, general demographic and statistical information for streets and neighborhoods.
Campaigns and Voting
Voter records and voter registration information is data that is constantly in play — mainly because of political candidates looking to score your vote. Because details such as party affiliation are generally available, campaigns can use them to effectively target individuals and persuade them to head to the polls on Election Day.
Fundraising and Recruitment
Voter records may also include information about how much and to which campaign an individual donated money, and can therefore allow candidates to focus their efforts on those most likely to contribute to campaigns. These records can also help inform and thereby determine whether a voter would most efficiently benefit from fundraising appeals via direct mail or telephone calls. The information, such as support for related advocacy groups, magazine subscriptions and consumer behavior, can equip a campaign to effectively decide which issues to highlight for each individual that they are contacting.
Similarly, voter registration records can be used to recruit volunteers and, inter alia, find locations for lawn signs.
Thanks to voter records, campaigns can easily identify which issues are those that are most important to the demographics or community that they are targeting. This is how candidates ascertain how to adjust their message based on who it is that they are addressing.
By cross referencing people search results and variables in voter records, you can uncover details about a person’s identity — and the more you know, the closer you may be to finding the individual you are seeking. Details such as voting precincts can also shed light on the habits and practices of an individual. Should a search of physical documents at a local courthouse or town hall become necessary, the addresses provided in voter records should be able to educate you and equip you to navigate the appropriate districts to best continue your research.
Voter registration is a necessary prior step for any who wish to perform their civic duty and exercise their right to cast their ballot on Election Day. Within such registrations, one’s personally identifying information are contained and may be partially available, but limitations on which types of such data that can be accessed online varies from state to state. To better protect their privacy and to keep their personal details out of the wrong hands or those of strangers, some individuals actually prefer to opt out and elect not to vote at all. By contrast, if you choose to vote, you should know that leaving some sort of a digital trail may be unavoidable, since most people search tools aggregate much of this data within available reports. If you are concerned about your level of privacy when registering to vote, you may contact your local election office.