AK House Majority
The 27th Alaska State Legislature, 2011 - 2012  
Sponsor Statement: House Bill 161

Certain Candidate Info Is Public Record

Sponsored by Rep. Bob Lynn
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Rep. Bob Lynn R-26
Ak Legislative Majority

Rep. Bob Lynn (R-26)
Chair, (H) STA Com.
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An Act requiring that all information in a declaration of candidacy, letter of intent, or nominating petition for a candidate for elective state executive and state and national legislative office is open to public inspection.

Posted: March 10, 2011 : v27-LS0555-A
Status: (H) JUD : 2011-03-10

HB 161 makes the information on Division of Elections filing forms for partisan, "no-party," and write-in candidates a matter of public record. If voters are going to evaluate candidates and make an informed choice, they must be allowed to confirm the candidate's name, physical address, and other personal information on the declaration of candidacy. HB 161 makes this information public for all candidates for public office, regardless of the confidentiality preferences they indicated when registering to vote.

In a recent House State Affairs Committee hearing, the Division of Elections testified that "there is no authority for the division to treat a candidate differently from any other voter in regard to having the right to make a residential address confidential." Voters should enjoy any and all confidentiality afforded them by the law. Nothing in HB 161 would change that. Candidates for office, however, should be held to a higher standard of public scrutiny than the average voter.

Candidates for office are already required to disclose personal information above and beyond the average voter. HB 161 takes the common-sense next step and makes this personal information available to the public. I respectfully ask that you join me in supporting this change.

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