According to FOX News, there are 19 states that ask for your email address when you register to vote — nine of which are selling them to
- political parties
- organizing groups
The nine states that sell your email address:
- New Jersey
- Rhode Island
Submitting your email address with the voter registration form is optional but as the report notes, it may not be clear when filling it up.
Not one of the states that sells email addresses clearly explains on the voter form that emails could or would be sold.
"States are now getting into, essentially, the data brokering business so they understand that the more points of contact that they have for a voter, they can make more money," Shaun Dakin, president and CEO of The National Political Do Not Contact Registry, said.
Dakin said his organization has received hundreds of thousands of complaints from voters who are fed up with political groups and candidates invading their privacy via phone calls and emails. He said he expects complaints to climb as more states start asking for email addresses.
"With the advent of the Internet and smartphones, iPhones and iPads, everybody is using electronic communications. States are looking to get those email addresses and not being explicit about how those email addresses are being used," he said.