Federal judge upholds voters’ privacy rights

The decision, released by U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas, a Texas judge named to hear the case when Mississippi federal judges recused themselves, follows an earlier, similar denial by the Mississippi Supreme Court, which refused to order birthdates released in a lawsuit filed by McDaniel’s campaign.

The case decided by Atlas was filed by True the Vote, a Texas-based group involved in Tea Party politics.

Atlas ruled that neither poll books nor absentee ballot applications are subject to public disclosure under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, The Associated Press reported.

True the Vote claimed the federal law made birthdates from voter registration forms a part of public record.

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