She amended those provisions out, she said, after stiff opposition from political parties and others who want access to it. She said that includes banks and insurance agencies seeking to find new clients, and news media checking on voting histories.
Edwards said voters currently may request to have their records made private only if they have a police report and court record showing they have been threatened and they want to shield personal information including their address.
HB348 would allow anyone to make their records private for any reason.
Rep. Patrice Arent, D-Millcreek, worried vast numbers of voters would opt out, simply because they do not want to receive robo-calls or contacts from candidates.
Edwards did not see that as a problem.
"People register to vote so they can vote. They are not registering to make it easier for us to campaign," she said. "We're saying they don't have to trade off their right of privacy for their right to vote."