Jeremy Ring’s statement on Trump Administration’s request for the private voter data for Floridians
By Anthony Pardal
CORAL SPRING, FL – Last week, we learned that the Trump Administration has requested that state governments turn over to them their voter rolls, which include the private data of tens of millions of Americans. Today, Jeremy Ring issued the following statement calling on Governor Rick Scott to reject the Administration’s request and to protect the private voter information of Floridians:
“As a candidate for Chief Financial Officer, as a Floridians, and – above all – as an American, I am strongly opposed to the Administration’s request, and frankly downright offended at Governor Scott’s refusal to immediately reject and condemn it.”
The Governor’s number one job is protect Floridians and yet he sits idly by while the Trump Administration seeks to breach the privacy of millions of Floridians and potentially shatter one of the foundations of our democracy – the privacy of the vote. Where is Rick Scott to protect Floridians? Instead of leading, Governor Scott has sat back while 41 others states – led by both Republicans and Democrats –have outright rejected the Administration’s request. I join these states in their opposition to the Administration’s request.
In 2014, then-State Senator Ring helped establish the Agency for State Technology (AST), which handles sensitive data on Florida residents. Last week, Ring called upon Gov. Scott to save the program from proposed budget cuts which would effectively gut it as an entity of the state government. Today Jeremy Ring renews that call and urges Governor Scott to advocate for the privacy of Floridians and their sensitive data by rejecting the Trump Administration’s request for voter data.