What is a voting record?

11th of July 2017

You may not know this, but your voter registration information and voting history is maintained by your state as a publicly available voting record.

Voter records normally contain the voter’s name, address, date of birth, citizenship status, identifying information like Social Security or driver’s license number (typically this information is fully or partially redacted in publicly released versions), place of birth (in certain states), party affiliation (in certain states), and a listing of the elections in which the voter participated (not who they voted for, just that they voted), and how they participated (did they vote in a primary, did they vote by mail, etc.).

Although these records are publicly available, there are varying restrictions and associated costs. Here’s a list of current prices:

 

Cost to Purchase

States Price
Alaska $21.00
Arizona county purchase based on new statute
Arkansas $2.50
California $30.00
Colorado $100.00
Connecticut $300.00
Delaware $10.00
District of Columbia $2.00
Florida $5.00
Georgia $500.00
Hawaii $450.00
Idaho $20.00
Illinois $500
Indiana $0 (public version - does not include history/DOB/voter ID)/$5,000 (unrestricted version )
Iowa $1,500 for annual subscription/$2,200 for single set (based on # of voters)
Kansas $200.00
Kentucky $450
Louisiana $5,000
Maine restricted access
Maryland $125.00
Massachusetts  
Michigan $23.00
Minnesota $46.00
Mississippi $2,100
Missouri $50.00
Montana $1,000
Nebraska $500.00
Nevada $0 (available online)
New Hampshire $8,300
New Jersey $2.55
New Mexico approx $5,000 (based on number of voter records)
New York $0
North Carolina $0
North Dakota $4,000
Ohio $0 (available online)
Oklahoma $0 (available online)
Oregon $500
Pennsylvania $20.00
Rhode Island $25.00
South Carolina $2,500
South Dakota $2,500
Tennessee $2,500
Texas approx $1600 +/- (based on number of voter records)
Utah $1,050
Vermont $0
Virginia approx $10,000 per election
Washington $0 (available online)
West Virginia $1,000
Wisconsin $12,500
Wyoming $0 (if emailed)

States manage the release of data in varying ways including posting online, electronic file transfer, or by sending a CD via standard mail. Check with your Secretary of State’s office to find out more.

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