PHOENIX – The Arizona Voter Registration Database is secure. Information related to some protected voters, those whose personal information is protected because of their occupation or because they were victims of certain crimes, was erroneously included in recent reports generated from the database. This resulted from a functional error, not a security breach or vulnerability.
During early voting, counties use the data in the statewide voter registration database to produce an early ballot report that has information about voters who have received and returned early ballots. Counties provide this report to political parties regularly during an election. Reports generated by Maricopa and Pima were not affected.
“A county official informed us today that their report included protected voters,” Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said. “We contacted all the counties to let them know that their reports may also contain this protected information.”
The Secretary of State’s Office asked counties to notify anyone who may have been affected and contact anyone the reports were distributed to and ask that the reports be destroyed or returned. The voter registration database’s process for producing these reports has been updated to prevent this from happening again.
There were 78 names erroneously included in the reports generated. The Secretary of State’s Office has urged county officials to contact those directly affected to discuss mitigation efforts.