This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2011, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.
The conservative Tea Party and 9/12 movements enjoy plenty of new power at the Utah Legislature but still lost a battle on Tuesday.
The House voted 42-30 to kill SB410, which would have made the day and month but not the year of birth dates on voter records private information that is not available to the public or parties.
Ronald Mortensen, with the Davis County 9/12 coalition, fumed afterward, saying, "We pushed that bill to prevent identity theft. ... They just denied the right to vote to anyone who doesn't want to give the government their information." That information has long been required, however.
Similarly, Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Orem, said in debate, "People should not have to have their birthday published in order to vote."
However, both Republican and Democratic parties had given information to members questioning the bill and whether the change could lead to voter fraud or make it difficult for parties to properly identify and track different voters with similar names.
"There have been no cases of identity theft through voter records," said Rep. Holly Richardson, R-Pleasant Grove, in opposition to the bill, saying it was trying to fix a problem that does not exist.
Mortensen said after the vote that while the 9/12 and Tea Party movements have new power, the vote shows that "the parties still apparently have more."