Why does the Elections Office publish registered voters’ names and home address on its website? Surely this is an invasion of privacy. Is it law that they must do this? If not, can they just publish the names without the address? I feel sure this fact alone would deter some people from registering.
Auntie’s answer: As is often the case, there is a very short answer to the question, which I will supplement with an explanation. So, in a word, yes, it is the law that the Elections Office must publish the names and addresses of those on the Register of Electors.
An official at the Elections Office pointed out that the Elections Law (2013 Revision) calls for the publication of the name, occupation and street address of people on the list of electors, explaining, “Public scrutiny of the list of electors is a key part of the voter eligibility verification process, particularly because the Cayman Islands does not have a national identification system which would make identifying specific persons easier.”
Towards this end, every quarter the list is published in a revised format, printed on hard copy and circulated to post offices. The list is also published on the Elections Office website. Here is the link to the list.
The Elections Law provides for the public to make any claims and/or objections to names on the list before it becomes official, which occurs once it has been approved and signed off by the revising officer, who is a magistrate. This official list is then published quarterly in hard copy and on the website.
As for your concerns, the representative acknowledged that the office has received a few similar queries about why street addresses are published and said they “will take those forward to the Cabinet for consideration for changes to the Elections Law in the future”.
The law mentioned in this column can be found on the CNS Library
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