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  •  If I didn't have a license... (1+ / 0-)
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    Involuntary Exile

    Yes, we have a flawed system, yes Harris county is probably trying to justify caging under the false flag of 'preventing fraud'. However:

    If I didn't have a driver's license, there is no way I would put my SSN on a form, unless I had some idea of the chain of possession.

    I would put my SSN down if I were handing it into the voter registration office...But putting all my personal info down when I don't know who is handing me the form opens me to identity theft risks.

    I like the North Dakota system: No voter registration, just a requirement for residency and citizenship.

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    by Gravedugger on Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 10:44:49 AM PDT

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    •  Even just the last 4 digits of your SSN? (1+ / 0-)
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      As mentioned in the diary's body.

      Why did we bother to defeat the Soviet Union if we were just going to become it? -- Molly Ivins, RIP, January 31, 2007

      by dewtx on Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 11:02:00 AM PDT

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      •  Yes. (0+ / 0-)

        I will make no part of my SSN available. I am overly paranoid, but it still makes me uncomfortable.

        A social security number is xxx-xx-xxxx, or area number-group number-serial number.

        The area number and group number are roughly based on geographic location of birth and date of birth. With all the information on a voter registration form, my complete SSN can be identified merely by finding out which hospital I was born in.

        I know, its a stretch, and it is a lot of work, given the piles of SSA data that has to be parsed, but the SSN is used for far too many things, and I do try and keep some control over high-risk personal information.

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        by Gravedugger on Thu Oct 16, 2008 at 11:18:54 AM PDT

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