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Palm Beach County voters asking to unregister due to privacy concerns

Privacy concerns have some Palm Beach County voters threatening to give up their right to vote. (WPEC)

Privacy concerns have some Palm Beach County voters threatening to give up their right to vote.

The backlash stems from an information request from President Donald Trump's committee to investigate voter fraud.

While 40 states denied the request Monday, Florida agreed to send information that's already public record. This includes age, birthday and party affiliation.

On Tuesday, the Sunshine state agreed to refrain from sending any of that information pending a lawsuit.

However, this hasn't eased the fears of hundreds of residents in Palm Beach County.

The Supervisor of Elections, Susan Bucher, said they received several dozen calls a day last week.

"Some people were asking to unregister to vote," she said. "There were lots of calls at the beginning of the week."

Bucher says many of those callers didn't realize the data is already listed publicly, and Florida Law prevents sharing any private information like social security numbers or driver's licenses.

Fortunately now, Bucher says most of those calls are subsiding, and there's no cause for alarm.

"To date we have no evidence anyone has unregistered," Bucher said.

However, her department will still take action next week. They plan to fight to remove the year of birth on voter I.D. cards from public record.

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