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Registration cards are public records

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Cape Girardeau County Clerk Kara Clark said she provided the copy the 1972 voter registration card used to certify Lawrence McBryde's 2001 easement signature. Voter registrations are public record, she said, and she was complying with the state's Sunshine Law, which requires that copies of public documents must be provided within three days of a request.

"I've made copies for other people before on different things," she said. "If we give it to anyone other than the individual, we redact their Social Security number."

Clark said she was unaware the copy was being used for notarization purposes. She said Robb McClary came into her office looking for McBryde's card on a busy day just before the April 8 election.

"I had no idea what he was doing. The only thing he told me was that he was using it to verify a signature," she said.

Sherri Lomedico, a voter registration deputy for the county, wondered why such an old document was used.

"My signature's not the same as it was in 1972," she said.

Asked how often the registration cards are used to verify documents being notarized, Lomedico said, "Probably never. We do, in our office for absentee ballots, and we have to check whenever there are petitions. We have to check their signature with the voter's registration card."

She said registration cards are kept on file as long as a voter is "active, still here and still alive."

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Wonder if I was the ONLY one surprised to know my signature on county documents is considered PUBLIC property? Guess so.

Well, I've learned MY lesson---how about YOU?

-- Posted by donknome-2 on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 12:29 PM


I am with you on this one. Did not know anyone can just waltz on down there and look your name up. How nice of them to block out our Social security number. But with the questionable deal that just went down makes you wonder how "safe" your information truely is down there.

-- Posted by gman on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 3:56 PM

Well, that's exactly what I was implying. I mean, we put our individual SIGNATURE on the yearly assessment lists. We put it on our checks each year, when we pay our taxes. And, of course, our voter registration. And God only knows how many other places, for whatever reasons.

Are all of THOSE easily accessible for PUBLIC-purposes, as well?

And, ironically, in this case---a social security number would be LESS valuable than a good old-fashioned hand-written SIGNATURE, now, wouldn't it?! If it's not outright forgery, shouldn't it at least be considered a "gross-misrepresentation, punishable by fine" or something...?

-- Posted by donknome-2 on Sun, Apr 20, 2008, at 7:47 PM

You get better protection of your personal information at a doctor's office. Why not have a stipulation with our personal information that the County may hold, that if anyone attempts to access the data maybe the individual on file could be notified? Can it be that simple? I know there are shady characters out there with wrong intentions, but I have a greater mistrust for anyone representing the Cape County Commission.

-- Posted by jacksonjazzman on Tue, Apr 22, 2008, at 2:08 AM

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